Western catchfly facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsWestern catchfly
|Herbarium specimen, subsp. longistipata
Silene occidentalis is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae known by the common names western catchfly and western campion.
Silene occidentalis is a perennial herb growing from a woody, leafy caudex and taproot, sending up an erect, mostly unbranched stem which may be 60 centimeters tall. The lance-shaped leaves are up to 12 centimeters long around the caudex, and shorter farther up the stem. Flowers occur in a terminal cyme and sometimes in leaf axils. Each flower is encapsulated in a hairy, glandular calyx of fused sepals. The calyx in this species can be very long, nearly 4 centimeters in length in subspecies longistipata. At the end are five pink petals, each with usually four fringelike lobes at the tip.
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