Silene apetala var. apetala

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual; pubescent throughout. Stem erect, branching especially at base, 10–35 cm high. Leaves sessile, ovate-spathulate to linear-lanceolate, 10–30 mm long, 2–5 mm wide. Inflorescence of dense lateral and terminal clusters; bracts herbaceous. Flowers bisexual, pedicels 2–5 times calyx length; calyx ellipsoid, campanulate in fruit, 7–10 mm long, 10-veined, reticulate, pubescent on veins otherwise glabrous, calyx-lobes triangular, acute or acuminate, margins ciliate; petals absent or shorter than calyx, rarely exserted, limb 1.5–3 mm long, deeply bifid, white, pink or greenish; styles 3. Capsule ovoid-oblong, 5–10 mm long; carpophore 1–2 mm long, more or less glabrous; seeds reniform, flattened, dorsal rim with 2 undulate wings, dull blackish-brown, striate, up to 1 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Sep.

*LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. A fairly common weed of drier areas of north-western Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-04
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-08-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Silene
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Silene apetala var. apetala in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Silene apetala var. apetala in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales