Pinwheel Campion
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Pinwheel Campion
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Pinwheel Campion
Botanical name: Silene moorcroftiana    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Silene gyirongensis, Silene persica subsp. moorcroftiana

Pinwheel Campion is a clustered perennial with a woody rootstock and many erect small branched stems, 10-30 cm lonmg The stems carry one or few white or dull red flowers. Flowers are 1.5-2 cm across, petals deeply lobed, with scales in the throat. Calyx is 2.5-3 cm long, cylindrical, somewhat enlarged above, prominently 10-veined, sepals short, blunt, dark. Leaves are broadly linear, pointed. Capsule is carried on a 1 cm long stalk. Pinwheel Campion is found in dry areas in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to C Nepal, at altitudes of 2700-4500 cm. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

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