genus Silene


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Noun1.genus Silene - large widely distributed genus of plants having mostly showy flowers of various colors: campion; catchfly
caryophylloid dicot genus - genus of relatively early dicotyledonous plants including mostly flowers
carnation family, Caryophyllaceae, family Caryophyllaceae, pink family - large family of herbs or subshrubs (usually with stems swollen at the nodes)
campion, catchfly, silene - any plant of the genus Silene
moss campion, Silene acaulis - tuft- or mat-forming dwarf perennial of Arctic regions of western and central Europe and North America
Silene caroliniana, wild pink - perennial of eastern and central North America having short-stalked pink or white flowers in hairy clusters
Lychnis dioica, red bird's eye, red campion, Silene dioica - biennial European catchfly having red or pink flowers; sometimes placed in genus Lychnis
evening lychnis, Lychnis alba, Silene latifolia, white campion, white cockle, bladder campion - bluish-green herb having sticky stems and clusters of large evening-opening white flowers with much-inflated calyx; sometimes placed in genus Lychnis
fire pink, Silene virginica - perennial herb of eastern North America, having red flowers with narrow notched petals
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Of the 27 reported Caryophyllaceae species in the country, five belong to the genus Silene.
White campion was classified as Lychnis alba until the 1960s, but because other members of the Lychnis genus split their seed capsules to form five teeth and white campion makes 10, it was moved into the toothier genus Silene.