Carnivorous Plants

ALPINE CATCHFLY

Silene suecica

(Formerly: Lychnis alpina)
Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8bicolour
flower
flower8pink
flower
flower8red
inner
inner8brown
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZrare
sex
sexZbisexual

unknown date, Clova Hills, Cairngorms, Scotland. Photo: © Peter Andrews
The flowers are densely clustered in a compact head and pink to red coloured with a narrow notch at the end of each of the 5 petals to just short of half-way down the petal. It is a perennial growing erect to 20cm, which is either sparsely hairy or without hairs. The stems are not sticky as they are on Sticky Catchfly (and maybe some few others). The leaves are in both a basal rosette (several here without a flower stalk yet). The leaves also grow from the lower stem to halfway. Further than that there appear to be oval leaves on the upper stem (best seen on the left-hand stem).


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : On serpentinic rocks or rocks with heavy metals within, on a mountain in Angus, Scotland or in Cumbria.

Serpentine is a metamorphic rock of chemical formula Mg3Si2O5(OH)4 which is formed by several chemical reactions at great pressures, temperatures and depth deep in the Earth (well, not all that deep actually, but deeper than anyone has ever ventured inside the Earth).

It is native and a very rare [RRR].


  Silene suecica  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Caryophyllaceae  

Distribution
 family8Carnation & Campion (Pink) family8Caryophyllaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Silene
Silene
(Campions)

ALPINE CATCHFLY

Silene suecica

(Formerly: Lychnis alpina)
Carnation & Campion (Pink) Family [Caryophyllaceae]