Berry Campion
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Berry Campion
P Native Photo: Anzar Khuroo
Common name: Berry Campion, Berry Catchfly
Botanical name: Silene baccifera    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Cucubalus baccifer, Lychnis baccifera, Silene fissa

Berry Campion is a perennial herb with roots white, long spindle-shaped. Flowers are somewhat looking down. Petals inverted-lanceshaped, about 15 x 2.5 mm, deeply cut at tip; claw long, narrow; limb 2-fid. Stamens and styles don't protrude out. Flower-stalks are hairy. Sepal-cup is broadly bell-shaped, about 1 cm, sepals ovate-triangular, nearly as long as tube, ciliolate, curled in fruit. Stems and branches are spreading, 50-150 cm. Leaf-stalks are 3-5 mm, leaves ovate, ovate-lanceshaped, or narrowly elliptic, 1.5-5 x 0.8-2 cm, papery, both surfaces hairy at veins, base narrowed, margin entire, fringed with hairs, tip tapering. Fruit is a black, spherical berry, 6-8 mm, fleshy, irregularly splitting. Seeds black, about 1.5 mm. Berry Campion is native to Temperate Eurasia and the Himalaya. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Anzar Khuroo, Gurcharan Singh, Sunit Singh, Sajan Thakur Photographed in Pahlipora, Uri, J&K &Gaundar Ukhimath Uttarakhand.

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