French Catchfly

French-Catchfly.

Common name

French Catchfly

Scientific Name

Silene gallica

Type of plant

Uncategorised

About this weed

French Catchfly was originally from Macronesia, north Africa, temperate and tropical Asia and Europe. It was probably introduced as seed when flowering plants were introduced from other countries.

Description

It is an erect or ascending, rather viscid annual growing to 0.5m high. It produces white and pink flowers held usually on one side of the stem. Catchfly flowers from July to December and the petals are deeply notched. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by moths, butterflies and bees. The seed is dispersed by ants. The stems, leaves and calyces are covered in glandular hairs and may be sticky to touch.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.

Location

Found in sandy soils in disturbed areas in the Eremaean Province and South-West Province. Also found in agricultural land between Perth and Albany.

Priority for removal

Unknown:

Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

July, August, September, October, November, December

Flower colour/s

Pink, White

Information source

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/2909

Additional information

https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/weeds/swanweeds/

Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

French Catchfly images


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Location

Urban Bushland Council WA Inc

2 Delhi Street West Perth WA 6005

PO Box 326 West Perth WA 6872

(08) 9420 7207 (please leave a message)

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