Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Forked Catchfly - Silene dichotoma   Ehrhart
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DistributionMountains only. The most recent collections are in 1992 (Jackson County) and 1989 at Mount Pisgah, though it is certainly assumed to still be present in some numbers.

Native of Europe; in N.A. southern Canada south to GA, MO, TX, CA.
AbundanceUncommon in the northern and central Mountains, but rare to absent in the southwestern counties.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, near creeks.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationForked Catchfly ranges from 1.5-3 feet tall, the paired leaves elliptical on the lower part of the stem and lance-shaped in the upper portions. The inflorescences are elongate, nearly erect branches with flowers spaced singly along them and facing 90 degrees from the branches. The long and tubular calyx is strongly dark-veined; the petals are white to pink and deeply 2-lobed. S. noctiflora is similar but lacks the elongate flowering branches and the flowers often occur 2-3 together.
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