Kyrgyzstan July 2008 Zabelia corymbosa quest

Voucher: KYRG 194 

Silene apetala L.

Region: Talas Oblast  Talas Rayon
Gazetteer: north-west of Otmök Pass 
Coordinates: 42º17'28'' N, 73º06' E  Alt: 3554m 

Plant to 14cm tall. Leaves mostly basal to 12mm long and lanceolate. Cauline leaves 1-2. Stem covered with brown short hairs. Calyx inflated with 5 purple primary veins and many secondary veins in between. Petals yellow-green incurved in bud, bilobed. Carpophore short, style 3, stamens as long as the calyx tube. Petals with scale in the middle.
Alpine mountain ridge with Polygonum (Bistorta), Dracocephalum, Rhodiola, Erigeron, Androsace, Sibbaldia, Poaceae.

Identification Notes: Verified with Flora of the USSR. Vol.6, V. L. Komarov and Lazkov, G. A. Family Caryophyllaceae in Kyrgyzstan Semeistco gvozdchnye vo flore Kyrgystana. Gastrolychnis or Melandrium. Calyx tubular, inflated 10 veined with commissural veins, covered with black multicellular hairs. Styles 5, ovary with short carpophore. Petals long-clawed and ciliate at base, limb slightly exserted from calyx. Flowers nodding at anthesis erect in fruit. Seeds more or less winged, smooth to reticulate. 
Ancillary Collections: DNA, photos, seeds 

Landrein, S. 194                12 July 2008

morphological details

calyx calyx calyx surface calyx surface gynoecium gynoecium

gynoecium base gynoecium base

anthers anthers

pedicel pedicel

calyx surface calyx surface

petals petals

basal leaves basal leaves

cauline leaves cauline leaves

leaf surface leaf surface

stem indumentum stem indumentum

seed pictures
seeds seeds seed seed seed seed
field picture
flowering plant
Herbarium voucher
Herbarium voucher

Other field pictures

fruiting plant flowering plant
flower flowering plant