Scientific Name:
Silene coronaria (L.) Clairv. (1811)
  • Agrostemma coronaria L., Sp. Pl. (1753 [436])
  • Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr. (1792)

Whole plant densely covered in long woolly silvery hairs. Flowering stems erect, 30–100 cm tall. Basal and lower stem lvs loosely tufted, oblanceolate, acute, 10–25 × (1.5)–2–4 cm, gradually tapering to long petiole; upper lvs ovate, acute, sessile, amplexicaul, becoming smaller above. Infl. a (3)–7–15-flowered dichasium; pedicels (3)–5–12 cm long; bracts ovate-acuminate, 1–4 cm long. Calyx bell-shaped, 15–20 mm long, 10-veined; teeth triangular, acute. Petals purplish pink, rarely white; claw c. = calyx; limb spreading, entire or shallowly emarginate, 1–1.5 cm long. Capsule narrowly ovoid; carpophore c. 2 mm long. Seeds dull grey-brown, reniform-oblong, warty, c. 1.2 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1985) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4 as Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr.]

Greuter, W. 1995: Silene (Caryophyllaceae) in Greece: a subgeneric and sectional classification. Taxon 44(4): 543–581.
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Webb, C.J.; Sykes, W.R.; Garnock-Jones, P.J.; Brownsey, P.J. 1995: Checklist of dicotyledons, gymnosperms, and pteridophytes naturalised or casual in New Zealand: additonal notes 1988–1993. New Zealand Journal of Botany 33: 151–182. [as Lychnis coronaria (L.) Desr.]