Common name: Mallee Catchfly
Silene apetala Willd. APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb with simple or branched hairy stems.
Leaves linear to lanceolate, usually 10–25 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, covered with white spreading multicellular hairs.
Inflorescence a dichasial cyme. Calyx usually 7–9 mm long, campanulate, veins covered with long white appressed multicellular hairs, glabrous or hairy with simple hairs between veins. Petals absent or shorter than calyx. Ovary 3-locular at base, 1-locular above.
Capsule oblong to ovoid, 5–10 mm long, opening by 6 recurved teeth.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of cleared areas. Native of S Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *S.A.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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