SILENE FLAVESCENS subsp. DICTAEA
Common Names:- None
Meaning:- Silene (Gr) A name used by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus for
Flavescens (L) Pale yellow, turning yellow.
Dictaea (L) From the Dikti mountains E Crete.
Comment:- The following description refers to subsp. thessalonica.
Subsp. dictaea is a dwarf, compact form endemic to E Crete.
General Description;- Caespitose, somewhat woody-based perennial.
1) 15-50 cm tall, several, erect, slender, with viscid sections above.
1) Basal, spathulate, short-pubescent.
2) Cauline, small, linear.
1) Solitary or in reduced dichasia.
2) Calyx 8-11 mm, fusiform at anthesis, ellipsoid in fruit, 10-veined, glandular- and
3) Petal-limb, 3-6 mm, shortly bilobed, greenish-yellow above, greenish or reddish
4) Anthophore short, pubescent.
1) Capsule, erect, narrowly ellipsoid, equalling or slightly exceeding the calyx.
2) Seeds 0.8-1.0 mm, greyish-brown, obtusely tuberculate.
1) Calyces either all glandular- or all eglandular-pubescent.
2) Capsule strictly erect.
Habitat:- Calcareous cliff crevices, rocky outcrops and stone walls of buildings, (0-)
Distribution:- Endemic to the Dikti mountains E Crete, Rare.
Flowering time:- June-July,sometimes later.
Photo by:- Manolis Afrathianakis