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Silene latifolia

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 August 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Silene latifolia (NL: Avondkoekoeksbloem, Witte silene, Lijnkruid / EN: White Campion / DE: Weiße Lichtnelke, Weiße Nachtnelke, Weißes Leimkraut, Nacht-Lichtnelke, Nachtnelke / FR: Compagnon blanc) is a dioecious flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae. It is a herbaceous annual, occasionally biennial or a short-lived perennial plant, growing to between 40-80 centimetres tall. The appearance depends on the age of the plant; when young they form a basal rosette of oval to lanceolate leaves 4-10 cm long, and when they get older, forked stems grow from these, with leaves in opposite pairs. The flowers grow in clusters at the tops of the stems, 2.5-3 cm diameter, with a distinctive inflated calyx and five white petals, each petal deeply notched; flowering lasts from late spring to early autumn. The entire plant is densely hairy.

Image: Wommelgem (BE) – 25/06/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Sylvie from Bords de Loire (Anjou), France

belle lumière dans cette silène.

4 Aug 2012 8:33am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

Wonderful, a great shot.

4 Aug 2012 7:05pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/200 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
150 mm

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