West Highland Flora

Sea Campion


Silene uniflora

Other names: Silene maritima, Silene vulgaris ssp maritima

Silene uniflora

Photo Carl Farmer
22 Aug 2002 Glamaig, Skye

Found here and there on sea cliffs and sandy or gravelly shores.  Also occurs on mountain rocks and scree, as in picture on left.

Flower diameter c 20-25 mm

ID: Inflated calyx with markings as in pic on left separates it from White Campion and white forms of Red Campion  These have a non-bulging calyx, with strong vertical ribs and no cross-markings.  The rare Bladder Campion also has an inflated calyx, but is upright.

Other features: Leaves glaucous and somewhat fleshy.  A prostrate plant, also separable from Bladder Campion by the mouth of the calyx being wider than its base, and from Red and White Campions by having 3 styles rather than 5.

 

Silene uniflora

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Sep 2002 Glenbrittle, Skye
 

On sandy shore, showing prostrate habit

 

Silene uniflora

Photo Carl Farmer
5 May 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

On rocky shore

 

Silene uniflora

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Jul 2004 Lealt, Skye

On mountain rockface

 

Silene uniflora
Calyx 12 mm diameter at widest point

Photo Carl Farmer
15 Feb 2004 Scorrybreac, Skye
 

Previous year's calyx, with young leaves on left


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