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Silene salmonacea  T. W. Nelson, J. P. Nelson, & S. A. Erwin
Klamath mountain catchfly
Silene salmonacea is a perennial herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
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~34 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Silene
Family: Caryophyllaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Ultramafic affinity: 3 - strong indicator
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

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


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[Wikipedia] Rarity, Range, Description: Silene salmonacea is a rare, newly described species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae known by the common names Klamath Mountain catchfly[2] and salmon-flowered catchfly. It is known only from Trinity County, California, where it grows in the forests of the southern Klamath Mountains.[3] It is a member of the serpentine soils flora. It is a small perennial herb growing just a few centimeters tall. The spoon-shaped leaves are up to 3.5 centimeters long. The herbage is gray-green and lightly woolly in texture. Each flower has a tubular calyx of fused sepals lined with ten veins. There are five salmon pink petals, each with four lobes at the tip. This plant occurs in six areas, two of which contain fewer than five individuals.[1] (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]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 04/24/2024).