I"ve been an amateur botanist since circa 1997 with a special interest in California native plants. A corollary passion of mine is birding and, like many fellow birders, I keep a Life List of all the bird species that I've observed in my lifetime. So I thought, why not also create a life list for plants I've seen in the field? In addition to California natives, I've also included a smaller list of plants that I've observed and photographed in their native habitats outside of the U.S.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Silene dioica (Red Campion) - Wales, UK
6/6/17 Road from Ffald-y-Brenin to Jabes Vestry (Pontfaen),
From Wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe by Andrew Cleave & Paul Sterry:
Upright, hairy perennial with conspicuous bright pink flowers. Petals area notched and separate male and female flowers are found on different plants, the male flowers being slightly smaller. The oval, pointed leaves clasp the stem, but the lower ones have short stalks. Widespread and common, sometimes dominating lanes and hedgerows in sheltered western areas.