Fringed Campion
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Fringed Campion
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Fringed Campion
Botanical name: Silene edgeworthii    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Silene indica var. edgeworthii, Lychnis fimbriata, Agrostemma fimbriatum

Fringed Campion is a perennial herb, up to 55 cm tall. Stems are usually simple, erect, greyish-green, minutely velvety to rough. Leaves are 2.2-7 cm long, 0.5-3 cm wide, variable in size and shape. Uppermost ones are smaller, middle stem and basal leaves are linear-lanceshaped to inverted-lanceshaped or ovate lanceshaped, stalked, membranous, minutely velvety. Flowers are borne in lax dichotomously branched cymes, white inside, pale purplish to reddish-brown on the outside, usually looking down when young. Flower-stalks are velvety. Sepal cup is 1.2-2 cm long, inflated, membranous, oblong to spherical, minutely velvety to glandular, with prominent nerves. Nerves are many, green to greenish-brown. Sepals are pointed or blunt margin minutely ciliate. Petals are frilly at the tips. Capsule equals or barely exceeds the sepal cup. Seeds are about 1.1 mm long, kidney-shaped, black. Fringed Campion is found in NW and W Himalayas, from Kashmir to Kumaon up to 2700 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed on Govindghat-Ghangria route & Mussoorie-Chakrata Road, Uttarakhand.

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