Silene dichotoma Ehrh.

Forked Catchfly

Beitr. Naturk. 7: 144 (1792) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stout annual or biennial. Stems erect, branched dichotomously above, puberulent or hispid-pubescent, 15–45(–70) cm high. Leaves 30–60 mm long, 5–20 mm wide, white-villose; basal leaves petiolate, petioles 10–20 mm long, spath-ulate to lanceolate; upper leaves sessile, lanceolate. Inflorescence racemose, branches 5–10-flowered, spreading or drooping; bracts small with scarious margins, at least basally. Pedicels very short. Calyx ovoid-oblong in fruit, not inflated, 7–17 mm long, 10-veined, veins green, puberulent between; calyx lobes ovate-lanceolate, acute. Petal-limb white or pink, deeply bifid, 4–8 mm long. Styles 3. Capsule ovoid, 10–14 mm long; carpophore 1.5–4 mm long, glabrous. Seeds reniform, blackish-brown, tuberculate, 1–1.4 mm long Flowers Nov.–Apr.

*MuM, *VRiv. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Native to southern and south-eastern Europe, western and south-western Asia. Recently collected in Victoria from sandy mallee in the Sunset Country just east of the South Australian border.

Source: Adams, L.G. (1996). Caryophyllaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Silene
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Silene dichotoma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Silene dichotoma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced

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South Australia