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Red Catchfly - Silene dioica
Other Names:  Red Campion, Lychnis dioica

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Dioecious short-lived perennial with hirsute foliage and a branched caudex. Stems erect, 40–80 cm. Leaves: basal oblong, withering by flowering time; cauline elliptic, 3–10 cm long. Inflorescence an open, glandular, several-flowered cyme. Flowers unisexual; calyx 1–2 cm long, purplish, with septate hairs, tubular with lobes 2–4 mm long, becoming ovate in fruit; petals pink to purplish, 2-lobed with 4-lobed appendages; the blade 10–15 mm long; styles 5. Capsule ovoid, equaling the calyx, opening by 5 slits (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced throughout most of temperate North America; native to Eurasia. Collected twice in Park County according to Lesica (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX) and once in Sweet Grass County (Rocky Mt Herbarium Specimen Database, accessed 2012-10-4).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4

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Habitat
Introduced throughout most of temperate N. America; native to Eurasia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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