Silene Genus catchfly; campion Caryophyllaceae

Silene latifolia. Mac H. Alford.www.plantsystematics.org

Silene latifolia.section through flower.Mac H. Alford.www.plantsystematics.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Silene  is a genus of annual or perennial herbs, stems swollen at nodes; leaves without stipules.

Leaves opposite, entire, margins smooth.

Silene latifolia.stem node. By Glen Mittelhauser. Copyright © 2017 Glen Mittelhauser.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Silene latifolia.stem node. By Glen Mittelhauser. Copyright © 2017 Glen Mittelhauser.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 3/2017).

Flowers typically white, to deep pink, radially symmetrical, tubular calyx with 5 teeth, veins prominent, tube sometimes inflated, often hairy; petals 5, narrowed at base, with small lobes (auricles) between slender base and wider upper portion (petal blade), in addition there are generally two other appendages on the upper surface; the blade is often deeply notched; 10 stamens, 3 styles (sometimes 4-5);

Silene latifolia.old fruit. By Donald Cameron. Copyright © 2017 Donald Cameron.New England Wild Flower.Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 3/2017).

Fruit a capsule, splitting open at top with twice number of teeth as styles (sometimes with the same number).