Common name: Night-flowering Catchfly
Silene noctiflora L. APNI*
Description: Erect annual herb with simple or ± branched stems, densely pubescent, glandular-hairy especially in upper parts.
Leaves: basal narrowly obovate; cauline broad-elliptic to narrow-ovate, 10–110 mm long, 3–40 mm wide, densely pubescent on both surfaces.
Pedicels 5–70 mm long. Calyx ovate-elliptic, fusiform, narrowed to both ends and constricted around carpophore, 15–24(-40) mm long, rather inflated in fruit to 10 mm diam., with multicellular and simple non-glandular hairs and short glandular hairs, 10 main veins, veins green. Petals bifid, white, often pink-tinged.
Capsule usually 15–14 mm long, ovoid; opening by 6 recurved teeth.
Flowering: spring; flowers in night–time.
Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised in one location near Jenolan Caves (Blue Mountains).
NSW subdivisions: *CT
Text by KL Wilson (Dec 2010; edited Nov 2014)
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