Silene gallica L.
French Catchfly

Sp.Pl. 1:417 (1753)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Erect or ascending, rather viscid annual, herb, 0.1-0.5(-0.8) m high. Fl. white-pink, Jul to Dec. Sandy soils. Disturbed areas.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 11 May 2000


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Carnarvon, Coolgardie, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Murchison, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren, Yalgoo.
IBRA Subregions
Dandaragan Plateau, Eastern Goldfield, Eastern Murchison, Edel, Fitzgerald, Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Lesueur Sandplain, Merredin, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Cross, Southern Jarrah Forest, Tallering, Warren, Western Murchison, Wooramel.
IMCRA Regions
Central West Coast, Leeuwin-Naturaliste, WA South Coast.
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Beverley, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Broomehill-Tambellup, Busselton, Canning, Capel, Carnamah, Carnarvon, Chapman Valley, Claremont, Cockburn, Cranbrook, Dalwallinu, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Dundas, Esperance, Gingin, Goomalling, Gosnells, Greater Geraldton, Harvey, Jerramungup, Kalamunda, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Koorda, Mandurah, Manjimup, Melville, Moora, Murray, Narembeen, Nedlands, Northam, Northampton, Perenjori, Perth, Ravensthorpe, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Shark Bay, South Perth, Stirling, Subiaco, Swan, Trayning, Wanneroo, Waroona, Williams, Wongan-Ballidu, Yalgoo, Yilgarn, York.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Small-flower Catchfly.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Ants.

Notes. Flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by moths, butterflies and bees.

Additional information. Origin. Macronesia, north Africa, temperate and tropical Asia, Europe.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination         Y Y Y            
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering             Y Y Y Y Y Y  
Fruiting                 Y Y Y Y  

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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