Silene dichotoma forked catchfly Caryophyllaceae SIDI*; Q; R;

Silene dichotoma.A.

Silene dichotoma.A. (Accessed 4/2014).

Silene dichotoma is an annual herb to 80 cm, very hairy. 

Leaves opposite, lance-shaped, lower leaves with hairy stalks, upper leaves stalkless; blade to 8 cm long, 3.5 cm wide. 

Flowers white to reddish, petals 5, to 0.9 cm above calyx, deeply 2-lobed, calyx tubular, narrow, to 1.5 cm long, hairy, with 10 green veins, stamens longer than calyx; inflorescences of spike-like stalks, forked once or twice, branches leafy, flowers along one side of branches; blooming June-Sept. 

Fruit a dry, 3-parted, capsule, seeds 0.1 cm, finely wrinkled (use lens). 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Eurasia 

Habitat: Open areas, moist, disturbed sites (Hough 1983).