Burchell's Campion

Silene burchellii (?)

Silene burchellii in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Among savanna grasses and herbs near Kiserian, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

A slender plant about 30cm tall with narrow grass-like leaves and with small pale lavender flowers. The five petals are conspicuously divided at the tip, suggesting ten total petals. The sepals, below the petals, are fused into a long tube with the upper portion expanded. The leaves are opposite on the stem from swollen nodes.

detail of leaves Silene burchellii in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens  Silene burchellii photo © Mike Plagens

Caryophyllaceae -- Pink Family

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Kenya Natural History

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