Silene gallica var. anglica - Small-flowered Catchfly
Nationally Scarce, Small-flowered Catchfly is mostly found as an arable weed and on disturbed ground near the coast. There are few places where it does well, except on the Isles of Scilly and the National Trust owned fields at West Pentire (SW76Q, 1993, H.M. Meredith), the latter being managed for their arable weeds. In this variety the petals are yellowish white. The names var. anglica
, var. gallica
and var. quinquevulnera
are not recognised in Stace (1997). Other recent finds include near Praa Sands (SW52U, 1998, B.N. Boothby), near Kynance (SW61W, 1998, R. Fitzgerald), near An-hay (SW75L, 1994, C.N. French) and on Trevose Head (SW87N, 1997, D. Pearman).
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.