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Pakistan | Family List | Caryophyllaceae | Silene

6. Silene tenuis Willd., Enum. Hort. Berol. 1:474. 1809. Rohrb. Monogr. der Gatt. Silene 186.1868; Edgew. & Hook. f. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:219. 1874; Blatter, Beaut. Fl. Kashm. 1:56.1928; E. Nasir in Biologia 5:70.1959; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 252.1972; F.G. Bhopal & M.N. Chaudhri in Pak. Syst. 1(1): 124.1977.


Plant with slender stems up to 50 cm tall and a slender branched woody stock. Stem erect, simple, glabrous. Leaves radical, 2-3 pairs on the following stems, 15-50 x 1.5-2 mm, narrowly linear, apex acute, margins ciliate. Bracts similar to cauline leaves but reduced in size. Inflorescence racemose. Calyx 8-10 mm, campanulate, glabrous; teeth triangular, obtuse, with a hyaline ciliate margin. Petal yellowish to brown, limb c. 3 mm, ½ divided into linear lobes. claw c. 6 mm, ciliate at base, exauriculate. Coronal scales oblong. Carpophore c. 3.5 mm, pubescent. Capsule ovoid, included in the calyx. Seeds ± 0.8 mm long, reniform, dark brown, minutely tubercled on the back.

Fl. Per.: July. Fr. Per.: August.

Type: Described from USSR.

In Pakistan found in Baltistan, Deosai, Chitral, Gilgit and Kaghan. From specimens examined it seems that the inflorescence is secund. On rocks crevices.


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