African Plant Database

Silene burchellii Otth ex DC.
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 1: 374 (1824)
Information on the genus : Silene
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Silene burchellii Otth ex DC. var. burchellii
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Silene schweinfurthii Rohrb. (1867)
=Silene burchellii var. schweinfurthii (Rohrb.) Täckh. & Boulos (1972)
=Silene dinteri Engl. (1912)
=Silene meruensis Engl. (1912)
=Silene aethiopica Burm. f. (1768)
Taxon infra-specific
Silene burchellii var. angustifolia Sond.
Silene burchellii Otth ex DC. var. burchellii
Silene burchellii var. latifolia Sond.
Silene burchellii var. macropetala Turrill
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb with large ± ovoid tuberous roots (a slender taproot narrow, sterile, adherent to the rock; the other erect, free, terete, to 25 cm long and 8 mm ; filiform, distichous leaves, flowers opening at night.
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Ecology : Rocky and stony places, dry scree, moor, grassland, rock crevices; 1200-4350 m alt.
  Very variable plant.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Trop. Afr. Flow. Plants (Ecol. Distr.) 6: 362 (2011).
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 1: 68 (1999).
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Record n°177208 modified 2008-07-02
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