Common name: White Campion
Silene latifolia Poir. APNI*
Description: Erect biennial or perennial herb to 1 m high.
Leaves elliptic to lanceolate or ovate, usually 4–9 cm long, 8–30 mm wide, ± covered with white spreading hairs, upper surface ± glandular.
Inflorescence a dichasial cyme; flowers unisexual. Calyx ovoid to cylindrical, 18–25 mm long, 10-veined, inflated in fruit. Petals deeply bifid, white. Ovary 1-locular.
Capsule cylindrical to obovate, c. 2 cm long, opening by 10 equal teeth.
Flowering: chiefly summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of pastures and waste ground. Native of Eur. & W Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Fl. NSW vol. 1 (1990) as S. pratensis
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. alba|
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