Friday, April 8, 2016

Silene douglasii (Douglas' Campion, Douglas' Catchfly)

 7/9/07 Hope Valley Wildlife Area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA

 7/9/07 Hope Valley Wildlife Area

7/9/07 Hope Valley Wildlife Area

7/7/16 Dunderberg Meadow Road, Toiyabe National Forest,
Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA


COMMON NAME: Douglas' Campion, Douglas' Catchfly

SPECIESSilene douglasii

FAMILY: Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)


LOCATION: Hope Valley Wildlife Area, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, CA

Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Perennial 10–40(70) cm; caudex few- to many-branched

Stem decumbent to erect, puberulent

Leaves ± gradually reduced upward; lower 2–6 cm, 2–8 mm wide, lanceolate to oblanceolate; upper 1–4 cm, 1–5 mm wide, ± linear

Flower: calyx 10–14 mm, glabrous to puberulent, 10-veined, lobes 1.5–2.5 mm; petal claw ciliate at base, appendages 2, blade 2-lobed, white to pink or purplish; stamens ± = corolla; styles 3–4, included to = corolla

Fruit oblong to ovoid; stalk 3–4 mm, puberulent

Seed 1–1.5 mm, brown

Ecology: Open areas, scrub, oak woodland, coniferous forest

Elevation: 1400–2900 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, n North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range, n&c Sierra Nevada, Modoc Plateau 

Distribution outside California: to British Columbia, Montana

Synonyms: var. monantha (S. Watson) B.L. Rob

Difficult to separate from  S. verecunda ; variation, especially in SN, needs study

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