Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Silene chalcedonica (L.) E.H.L.Krause image
Photographer: Robert R. Kowal           

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Robert Bierman

Robert Bierman

Janice Stiefel
Family Caryophyllaceae
Silene chalcedonica (L.) E.H.L.Krause
Maltese cross, scarlet lychnis
Silene: probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.
chalcedonica: of Chalcedon (Kadikoy, Turkey)
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Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
Plant: perennial forb
Flower: sepals tubular, the lobes much shorter than tube
(Glossary)

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Flora of North America (off site)
Synonyms 
Lychnis chalcedonica L.

         
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