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22. Silene villosa Forssk., Fl. Aegypt-Arab. 88. 1775. Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:592. 1867; Rohrb., Mongr. der Gatt. Silene 110.1863; Tackholm, Stud. Fl. Egypt. 390.1956; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 252.1972.


Annual herb with decumbent to ascending or erect branched stems, leafy, 10-20 cm tall, densely glandular pubescent Leaves 10-30 x 2-3 mm, densely glandular, spathulate to oblanceolate, apex acute to subacute, sessile. Flowers axillary ± throughout the length of the stems. Bracts linear to lanceolate. Pedicels 5-6 mm, glandular pubescent. Calyx 11-14 mm, climate, constricted below the capsule in fruit, densely glandular; teeth lanceolate, subacute, ciliate; nerves fairly visible. Petals white, upper 2/3rd adnate, limb bilobed, 2-2.5 mm long. Claw 8-9 mm, slender. Coronal scales triangular. Carpophore c. 5 mm, glabrous. Capsule 9-10 mm, ovoid, ± included in the calyx. Seeds c. 0.8 mm long, reniform, minutely tubercled, back bread, brown.

Fl. Per.: April-May.

Distribution: N. Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Arabia & Pakistan.

Found in arid sandy habitats.


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