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Balkan Catchfly - Silene csereii

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Glabrous, short-lived perennial. Stems erect, 20–80 cm. Leaves: basal few; cauline lanceolate to oblanceolate, 2–7 cm long. Inflorescence a narrow cyme. Flowers: calyx ca. 20-veined, ellipsoid, 8–11 mm long; petals white; the blade 2-lobed, to 5 mm long with 2 appendages; styles 3 the stigmas exserted. Capsules slightly longer and broader than calyx, opening by 6 slits (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 29

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The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus pensylvanicus, and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010).


  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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