Common name: Spanish Catchfly
Silene tridentata Desf. APNI*
Description: Simple or branched annual, hispid with nonglandular white hairs; stems to 40 cm long.
Leaves with simple and multicellular hairs, 15–45 mm long, 1–10 mm wide; basal leaves oblanceolate, obtuse; cauline leaves linear to spathulate, acute.
Inflorescence racemose; flowers bisexual, ± sessile; calyx 11–14 mm long, 10-veined, with dense multicellular white hairs, ellipsoid-cylindrical, inflated to ovoid in fruit. Petal-limb deeply bifid, pink, c. 3 mm long. Styles 3.
Capsule almost globose 7–10 mm long, opening by 6 recurved teeth.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Spain & N Afr. Sometimes naturalized.
NSW subdivisions: *SWP
Other Australian states: *S.A.
Text by A. Doust
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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