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Silene parryi (S. Watson) C.L. Hitchc. & Maguire
Parry's campion (Parry's catchfly; Parry's silene)
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a simple to branched stem-base; stems erect, several, simple, hairy, more or less glandular above, 10-60 cm tall.
Leaves mostly basal, linear-lanceolate to spoon-shaped, 3-8 cm long, 4-10 mm wide, long-stalked; stem leaves opposite, usually 2-3 pairs, not greatly reduced though narrower than the basal leaves; stipules lacking.
Inflorescence of usually 3-7 flowers in a rather short, narrow cluster, the lateral clusters usually reduced to a single flower; petals 5, white or greenish- or purplish-tinged, stalklike at the bases, the stalks about 11 mm long, the blades 3-5 mm long, 2-cleft nearly to midlength, with prominent lateral teeth on each blade lobe, sometimes the blade nearly equally 4-lobed; sepals 5, united, forming a glandular-hairy tube 10-20 mm long, with 10 prominent greenish or purplish nerves.
Capsules oblong, 1-celled; seeds brown, 1-1.5 mm long, somewhat wrinkled.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry meadows and open forests from the montane to alpine zones; common in SC and SE BC; E to AB and S to WY.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Silene parryi

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 252 1980 2619
Slope Gradient (%) 0 37 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 174 355
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(35), BAFA(3), ESSF(139), IDF(2), IMA(8), MS(14), PP(1)


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Silene douglasii var. macounii (S. Watson) B.L. Rob.
Silene macounii S. Watson
Silene scouleri var. macounii (S. Watson) B. Boivin
Silene tetonensis A. Nelson
Wahlbergella parryi (S. Watson) Rydb.

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