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Silene suksdorfii  B. L. Rob.
Cascade alpine campion,   Cascade alpine catchfly,   Suksdorf's silene
Silene suksdorfii is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found in Oregon and Washington.
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).
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Genus: Silene
Family: Caryophyllaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Alpine Fell-fields
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Information about  Silene suksdorfii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Habitat, Range, Description: Silene suksdorfii is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae known by the common names Suksdorf's silene,[1] Suksdorf's catchfly and Cascade alpine campion. It is native to the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where it occurs from Washington and Idaho to northern California. It is mainly an alpine species, growing in the talus of high mountain slopes. It can also be found below the tree line in forested subalpine habitat. It is a squat perennial herb producing several erect stems from a leafy, woody caudex. It generally takes a clumpy form. The stems grow up to 10 or 15 centimeters tall and are hairy in texture, with glandular, sticky areas on the upper parts. The leaves occur in tufts around the caudex. They are fleshy and coated in soft hairs. Solitary flowers arise on erect peduncles. Each is encapsulated in an inflated calyx of fused sepals, which is starkly purple-veined and has purplish glandular hairs. The petals are white or purple-tinged and have two lobes at their tips and appendages at their bases. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/01/2023).