West Highland Flora

White Campion


Silene alba

 

Silene alba

Photo Carl Farmer
(8 Jun 2002 Berwick-on-Tweed)

Rare, on roadsides or waste ground.

Flower diameter c 25-30 cm

ID: Calyx much darker and less inflated than Bladder Campion or Sea Campion.  Told from occasional white-flowered Red Campion by calyx-teeth being c 4.5-8 mm long, only 2-2.5 mm in Red C.  Also hybridises with Red C.

Other features: Male and female flowers on separate plants.  Male (shown on left) have 10-veined calyx and 10 stamens.  Female have 20-veined calyx and 5 styles.  Red Campion is the same in this regard.  Bladder and Sea Campions have flowers usually hermaphrodite with 10 stamens and 3 styles.  Seed-pod has 10 upright teeth, recurved in Red C.

 

Silene alba

Photo Carl Farmer
(7 Sep 2001 Berwick-on-Tweed)
 

  Silene alba

Photo Carl Farmer
(6 Jun 2002 Berwick-on-Tweed)
 

Seed-pods   Leaves
 
 
 
Silene alba

Photo Carl Farmer
(8 Jun 2002 Berwick-on-Tweed)

 

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