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Cardinal Catchfly

Silene laciniata

Cardinal Catchfly, Silene laciniata, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed along side a forest trail in the ponderosa woodlands of Upper East Verde watershead just below the Mogollon Rim, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. August 2010.

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FLOWERS: The petals are divided from the tips into several slender lobes. There are five petals and pale markings in the throat of the tube. Three stigmas and five stamens atop long filaments.
leaf detail of cardinal catchfly
LEAVES: Leaves are in pairs at each node of the stem and are narrow to wider elliptic. The nodes are swollen.

PERENNIAL: Above ground portion is herbaceous and regrows year after year from a fleshy taproot. About a meter tall.

RANGE: Widespread in ponderosa and other open woodlands from California to Texas and hence south into Mexico.

FRUIT: Dry, oblong capsules with many seeds.

UNARMED. Thornless.

Caryophyllaceae -- Pink Family

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