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Silene seelyi
Seely's silene

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington, where endemic to the Wenatchee Mountains of Kittitas and Chelan counties.

Habitat: Cliffs and talus slopes at moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


Glandular perennial from a branched crown and short rhizomes, the slender, ascending stems up to 3 dm. long.


Leaves numerous, opposite, elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 1-2 cm. long and 3-9 mm. broad, thin, pointed, short-petiolate or sessile.


Flowers perfect, 2-several in an open, leafy inflorescence; calyx 5-lobed, tubular, about 7.5 mm. long, 10-nerved; petals 5, purplish, the claw about 6 mm. long and the blade about 2-3 mm. long, oblong, bi-lobed to mid-length, with a small lateral tooth below each lobe; appendages very small; stamens 10; styles 3, exerted.


Capsule 1-celled.

Accepted Name:
Silene seelyi C.V. Morton & J.W. Thomp.
Publication: Torreya. 33: 70. 1933.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Anotites seelyi (C.V. Morton & J.W. Thomp.) W.A. Weber
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Silene seelyi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Silene seelyi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Silene seelyi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Silene seelyi photos.

USDA Plants: Silene seelyi information.

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