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Habit: Biennial, perennial herb, erect, taprooted or roots fibrous. Leaf: petioled or not; oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic; vein 1, prominent. Inflorescence: terminal; flowers few; pedicels 10--55+ mm. Flower: sepals 5, fused, densely silky-hairy to tomentose, tube prominent, 12--14 mm, 7--10 mm diam, elliptic to ovoid, rounded, strongly 10-ribbed (obscured by hairs), lobes 4--7 mm, < tube, linear to +- lanceolate; petals 5, 22--30 mm, claw > limb, limb widely notched, appendages 2; styles (4)5, 16--18 mm. Fruit: capsule, ovoid; stalk 0--0.5 mm; teeth (4)5, ascending. Seed: many, gray to black-purple.
Species In Genus: 30 species: northern temperate Eurasia, northern Africa. Etymology: (Greek: lamp, from flame-colored flower of some species) Note: See note at Silene.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Loeflingia squarrosa
Next taxon: Lychnis coronaria
Citation for this treatment: Ronald L. Hartman & Richard K. Rabeler 2016. Lychnis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=10844, accessed on July 23, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on July 23, 2016.