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  Silene antirrhina L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black
Family Caryophyllaceae
Silene antirrhina L.
sleepy catchfly, sleepy silene
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.
antirrhina: one of the senses of the Greek anti is "like," and rhina means "nose"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual, 2"-32" tall forb, softly hairy below, mostly hairless above except for some sticky bands below the upper nodes
Flower: pink to white, 5-parted, 1/4" wide, sepals forming an often inflated, rounded tube with glands and 10 veins; petals shorter than the sepals and 2-lobed; inflorescence an open, few-flowered cluster; blooms June-Sept.
Leaf:long, narrow, finely hairy near the bottom, stalkless but not clasping
Habitat: disturbed sites; in rocky, sandy soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Silene antirrhina L. f. apetala Farw.
Silene antirrhina L. f. bicolor Farw.
Silene antirrhina L. f. deaneana Fernald
Silene antirrhina L. var. confinis Fernald
Silene antirrhina L. var. depauperata Rydb.
Silene antirrhina L. var. divaricata B.L.Rob.
Silene antirrhina L. var. laevigata Engelm. & A.Gray
Silene antirrhina L. var. subglaber Engelm. & A.Gray
Silene antirrhina L. var. vaccarifolia Rydb.

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