Silene latifolia subsp. alba (Mill.) Greuter & Burdet

Willdenowia 12: 189 (1982) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual to perennial; usually densely and softly hairy, more or less glandular above. Stems erect, much-branched, 30–80 cm long. Leaves ovate-elliptic to lanceolate, 40–90 mm long, 8–30 mm wide with white, spreading hairs, glandular above; lower leaves with petioles to 25 mm long; upper leaves sessile. Inflorescence lax, few-flowered; bracts herbaceous. Flowers unisexual; pedicels 5–20 mm long; male calyx 12–22 mm long, 10-veined; female calyx 20–30 mm long, 20-veined, inflated in fruit, calyx-lobes narrow-triangular, acute; petal-limb 14–18 mm long, white, deeply bifid; styles 5. Capsule ovoid-conical, 10–20 mm long; carpophore absent; seeds more or less reniform, grey, bluntly tuberculate, 1.3–1.5 mm long. Flowers spring.

*CVU, *HNF, *Wim. A sparsely-occurring casual weed of disturbed ground in south-eastern Australia, and because of its dioecious habit rarely persisting.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Silene latifolia subsp. alba in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Silene latifolia subsp. alba in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales