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Last updated 2/13/2021 by David Giblin.
Silene dioica (L.) Clairville[FNA5, HC2]
red catchfly

Publication: Man. Herbor. Suisse. 146. 1811.

Origin: Introduced from Europe

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA5: "Silene dioica is closely related to S. latifolia and completely interfertile with it. The two species hybridize wherever they grow in close proximity, and the offspring (S. ´hampeana Meusel & K. Werner) usually have pale pink flowers. Silene dioica and S. latifolia are difficult to separate in herbarium material unless flower color has been noted. The characters that distinguish S. dioica are the usually dense, long, and soft pubescence covering at least the distal portion of the plant; the broad, almost globose, thin, and brittle capsule with revolute teeth; and the softer, thinner, usually broader leaves. Occasionally, double-flowered plants are encountered as garden escapes."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Lychnis dioica L.[HC]