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Forked Catchfly - Silene dichotoma

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Long-hairy annual. Stems erect, 40–80 cm. Leaves: basal oblanceolate, 3–8 cm long, withering by flowering time; cauline numerous, lanceolate to oblanceolate, reduced upward. Inflorescence many-flowered, narrow, apparently racemose. Flowers perfect or sometimes unisexual; calyx tubular, setose, 10-veined, 10–15 mm long; petals white, the blades 5–7 mm long, deeply bilobed with 2 appendages; styles 3. Capsule equaling the calyx, opening by 6 slits (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Throughout much of north-temperate N. America; introduced from Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Roadsides, disturbed grasslands, open forest; valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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