SILENE FABARIA subsp. FABARIA
Common Names:- None
Meaning:- Silene (Gr) A name used by the Greek philosopher Theophrastus for
Fabaria (L) Of beans, bean-like.
1) 30-80 cm. Suberect, rather stout.
veins above, teeth triangular, acute.
c. 2 mm.
2) Seeds 1.2-2.0 mm greyish, face concave; with parallal rows of papillae.
1) Calyx slightly inflated.
2) Stem leafy throughout.
3) Capsule at least 10 mm.
4) Robust plant to 80 cm.
Habitat:- Mainly on rocky seashores.
Distribution:- Aegean area, also W & C Anatolia. Rare on Crete know only from
the cliffs in the extreme east of the island.
An important new location has been discovered by Christopher Cheiladakis (2020)
in the area of Kavalros east Crete.
Flowering time:- Apr-Aug
Photos by:- Yiannis Christofides & Christopher Cheiladakis
GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED
Acute:- Sharp, sharply pointed, the margins near the tip being almost straight.
Anastomosing- Forming a network; vein branches uniting where they come into
Anther:- Fertile part of the stamen - the upper part which contains the pollen.
Calyx:- A collective name for the sepals - the outer whorl of organs in most flowers.
Capsule:- Dry fruit that opens when ripe. splitting from the apex to the base into
separate segments known as valves.
Carpophore:- The fruit bearing stalk A prolongation of the receptacle or floral axis
bearing the carpels or ovary.
Cauline:- Borne on the stem, of the stem.
Coronal-scale:- One of the ring of scales on th inner surface of the corolla, as at
the junction of the limb and claw in some sllene species.
Dichasium-(pl Dichasia):- Cyme with lateral branches on both sides of the main
Elliptic - Elliptical:- Forming an ellipse, widest in the middle and pointed at both
Filament:- The stalk of a stamen, connecting the receptacle to the anther.
Glabrous:- Without hairs, hairless.
Glaucous:- Covered with a waxy bloom, giving a bluish or greyish colouration.
Inflated:- Swollen, like a bladder.
Inflorescence:- The flowering branch or branches, flowers and bracts above the
uppermost leaves on a stem.
Mucro:- A sharp terminal point.
Mucronate:- Of or having a mucro; ending abruptly in a sharp point.
Ovate:- Broad and rounded at the base and tapering toward the end.
Papillae:- Small nipple-like projections.
Petal:- The inner perianth segments when they clearly differ from the outer.
Petal-limb:- An enlarged upper part of the petals.