Silene conica L.

Striated Catchfly

Sp. Pl. 418 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual; grey-pubescent throughout. Stem erect, simple, or sometimes basally few-branched, 10–16(–25) cm. Leaves sessile, linear-lanceolate, 20–30 mm long, 0.3–2.5 mm wide. Inflorescence 5–30-flowered; bracts herbaceous. Flowers bisexual; pedicels 5–25 mm long; calyx cylindric-oblong, becoming ovoid in fruit, to 15 mm long, 30-veined, glandular or eglandular, calyx-lobes one-third calyx length, acuminate; petal-limb 3–5 mm long, white, pink or purplish, obcordate; styles 3. Capsule obovoid-conical, 7–12 mm long; carpophore absent or to 2 mm long, glabrous; seeds subdiscoid, rim obtusely grooved, grey-pruinose, bluntly tuberculate, 0.6–1.0 mm diam. Flowers mainly Nov.

*Brid, *VVP. Also naturalised SA. Native to northern Africa, Europe, southwestern Asia. An uncommon weed, probably a casual garden-escape and rarely persisting.

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, 2019-10-02
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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 conica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Silene conica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia