Silene vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

Bladder Campion

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, often glaucous. Stems branching, basally woody, decumbent and caespitose, 25–90 cm long. Leaves sessile or rarely shortly petiolate, ovate to lanceolate, rarely linear-lanceolate, 20–60 mm long, 3–12 mm wide, acute. Inflorescence lax, usually several-flowered; bracts scarious. Flowers bisexual; pedicels often drooping, 5–30 mm long; calyx ellipsoid, inflated, 20–30-veined, reticulate, 8–15 mm long, more or less glabrous, calyx-lobes triangular-acute; petal-limb up to 10 mm long, white, pink or violet, deeply bifid; styles 3. Capsule broadly ovoid-conical, 15 mm long, with erect teeth; carpophore c. 5 mm long, glabrous; seeds subreniform, flat or convex, black, minutely asperate-tuberculate, 1–1.5 mm long.  Flowers mainly Oct.–Dec.

*Brid, *CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe, western Asia.  A widespread but uncommon weed of more temperate areas of Australia.

The form with somewhat smaller, linear-lanceolate cauline leaves, occurring mainly in coastal South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania possibly equates with the western European subsp. angustifolia (Mill.) Hayek.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-13
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Silene vulgaris subsp. vulgaris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Silene vulgaris subsp. vulgaris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Victorian Alps present introduced

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory