Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3195

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare in NC

Look for it in open woodlands, esp calcareous, but also in sandy soils of the Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & opposite (1-2 pairs of stem leaves)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/ Pink
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Silene caroliniana var. pensylvanica   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Silene caroliniana ssp. pensylvanica   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 071-17-008?:
Silene caroliniana   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of West Virginia (Strausbaugh & Core, 1978)
Silene pensylvanica

SYNONYMOUS WITH Infraspecific classification in the Carolina flora (Wilbur, 1970)
Silene caroliniana ssp. pensylvanica var. pensylvanica

 

COMMON NAME:
Northern Wild-pink, Sticky Catchfly, Pennsylvania Catchfly


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image of Silene caroliniana var. pensylvanica, Northern Wild-pink, Sticky Catchfly, Pennsylvania Catchfly

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_caroliniana_pens1

May    Dare County    NC

Plant < 25cm tall; taproot carrot-like; leaf surface glabrous, margins ciliate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Silene caroliniana var. pensylvanica, Northern Wild-pink, Sticky Catchfly, Pennsylvania Catchfly

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_caroliniana_pens1b

May    Dare County    NC

The inflorescence is very sticky and crowded w pale or deep pink flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.