Common name: Red Campion
Silene dioica (L.) Clairv. APNI*
Synonyms: Melandrium rubrum Garcke APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb to 80 cm high.
Leaves broad-ovate, 40–80 mm long, 15–30 mm wide, ± covered in spreading hairs, upper surface not glandular.
Inflorescence a dichasial cyme; flowers unisexual. Calyx ± ovoid, 10–15 mm long, hairy, inflated in fruit. Petals deeply bifid, red or pink.
Capsule globose to broad-ovoid, c. 2 cm long, opening with recurved teeth.
Flowering: usually summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Garden weed; rare. Hybridizes readily with S. latifolia subsp. alba. Native of N & C Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CT
Text by A. Doust 1990; edited KL Wilson Nov 2014
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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