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Silene involucrata (Cham. & Schltdl.) Bocquet
Arctic Catchfly (arctic campion; Drummond's Campion)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Silene involucrata ssp. involucrata

Species Information

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Biennial or more usually perennial from a taproot and branching stem-base; stems more or less erect, several, simple or sometimes branched, white-hairy below, glandular-hairy above, 3-35 cm tall.
Basal leaves oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 1.5-5.5 cm long, 2-8 mm wide, margins fringed; stem leaves opposite, 2-3 pairs, reduced upwards; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of usually solitary or sometimes 2 or 3, erect to spreading flowers; petals 5, white to pink or purple, well exserted, 2-cleft; sepals 5, united, forming a bell- to urn-shaped tube 10-17 mm long, hairy, purple-nerved.
Capsules 12-18 mm long, 5- or 6-valved; seeds 0.9-1.5 mm long, with winged margins.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic meadows and rocky cliffs in the alpine zone; rare in N BC; N to AK, YT and NT and E to SW AB and PQ.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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