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 (kăch′flī′, kĕch′-)
Any of several plants of the genera Silene and Lychnis, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having white, pink, red, or purplish flowers and sticky stems and calyces on which small insects may become stuck.
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n, pl -flies
(Plants) any of several caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Silene that have sticky calyxes and stems on which insects are sometimes trapped
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n., pl. -flies.
any of various plants of the pink family, esp. of the genera Silene and Lychnis, that have a viscid secretion on the stem and calyx in which insects are sometimes caught.
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Noun1.catchfly - any plant of the genus Silenecatchfly - any plant of the genus Silene  
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Silene - large widely distributed genus of plants having mostly showy flowers of various colors: campion; catchfly
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
bladder campion, Silene uniflora, Silene vulgaris - perennial of Arctic Europe having large white flowers with inflated calyx
2.catchfly - mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insectscatchfly - mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Lychnis - genus of plants strongly resembling those of genus Silene: catchfly
Lychins floscuculi, Lychnis flos-cuculi, ragged robin, cuckoo flower - common perennial native to Europe and western Asia having usually pink flowers with ragged petals
Lychins chalcedonica, maltese cross, scarlet lychnis - Eurasian garden perennial having scarlet flowers in dense terminal heads
gardener's delight, Lychnis coronaria, mullein pink, rose campion, dusty miller - an old cottage garden plant of southeastern Europe widely cultivated for its attractive white woolly foliage and showy crimson flowers
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Seeds from Kew Millennium Seed Bank are also being used to help other key plants as part of the colour in the margins project, including red hemp nettle, small-flowered catchfly, corn buttercup and spreading hedge-parsley.
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These include the small-flowered catchfly and corn buttercup.
Among its headline findings in The State of Nature report were: more than one in seven plants in Wales, especially arable flowers such as the small-flowered catchfly and corn buttercup, are considered threatened; 63% of Welsh butterflies are declining and a third of Welsh moths; corn bunting and turtle dove had disappeared completely as a regularly breeding species.
Bumble bee pollination of the sticky catchfly in a fragmented agricultural landscape.
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A superlative catchfly (Silene) is Silene laciniata 'Jack Flash' and the name suits it so well, for the starburst blooms present themselves in a shocking, orangey-red, born on wand-like stems.
The Nature Conservancy burns this area periodically to boost native plants, including the threatened Spaldings catchfly, an inobtrusive white-petaled flower that can catch flies with its sticky leaves.
The wetland holds botanical specimens that cannot be seen anywhere else in Korea: prairie sphagnum, meadowsweet, Siberian geraniums, pitcher plants, sundew, buckbean, rushes, two-flower violet, Arctic starflower, catchfly, and Hanabusaya asiatica, an endangered perennial herb.
Monocot Lambsquarters Chenopodium album Dicot Night-flowering catchfly Silene noctiflora Dicot Shepherd's purse Capsella bursa-pastoris Dicot Sticky chickweed Cerastium glomeratum Dicot Stinking chamomile Anthemis cotula Dicot Stork's-bill Erodium cicutarium Dicot Violet/European field Viola arvensis Dicot pansy or wild pansy Wild oats Avena fatua Monocot Perennials Canada thistle Cirsium arvense Dicot Common mouse-ear Cerastium fontanum Dicot chickweed ([dagger]) Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Dicot Field bindweed Convolvulus arvensis Dicot Jerusalem artichoke Helianthus tuberosus Dicot (sunchoke) Johnsongrass Sorghum halepense Monocot Yellow Nutsedge Carex castanea Monocot * May also be biennial or perennial.
red-tipped cudweed, broad-leaved cudweed, red hempnettle, small-flowered catchfly.