Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Silene latifolia Poir. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Robert W. Freckmann

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Caryophyllaceae
Silene latifolia Poir.
bladder campion, white campion, white cockle
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.
latifolia: Latin for "wide to broad leaves"
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Detailed Distribution:
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Status: Introduced - naturalized
Plant: erect, biennial/perennial, 12"-40" tall forb usually hairy with glands toward the top
Flower: white, 5-parted, 1"-1 1/3" wide, fragrant, stalked, 5 styles, sepals tubular with purple ridges and inflating with age, petals deeply 2-lobed, opening in the evening; inflorescence with many branches; blooms June-Oct.
Fruit:seeds gray
Leaf:up to 10 pairs along the stem; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Habitat: disturbed sites
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Lychnis alba Mill.
Lychnis pratensis Rafn
Lychnis vespertina Sibth.
Lychnis X loveae B.Boivin
Melandrium album (Mill.) Garcke
Silene alba (Mill.) E.H.L.Krause
Silene latifolia Poir. subsp. alba (Mill.) Greuter & Burdet
Silene pratensis (Rafn) Godr. & Gren.
Silene pratensis (Rafn) Godr. & Gren. subsp. pratensis

         
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