Cone Campion, Large Sand Catchfly, Cone catchfly, Weed campion, Weed silene

by Chitra Shanker (Id by D S Rawat), Nidhan Singh & Prashant Awale (Id by Gurcharan Singh) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details,
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ID request-011011-PKA3:  I had seen this erect herb in the Buckwheat field at “Turtuk” Village, Ladakh.

Date/Time: 18-09-2011/ 05:20PM
Location: Turtuk Village (This village is closer to LOC), Ladakh
Plant habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild.

Commonest weedy Silene, S. conoidea
Saponaria has only 5 veins

On the calyx, and in saponaria edges of calyx are slightly winged

Yes common weed in fields



Flowers for ID from Greater Himalayan gregion of Paddar valley Kishtwar J&K: I am … from University of Jammu pursuing my research on Plant diversity of Paddar valley in Kishtwar district J&K situated in Greater Himalayan region at an altitude of 1800 m asl to more than 6000 m asl.
Kindly help me identify these plants.

the second pic appears to me some species of Centurea and 3rd one Silene conoidea.



Flowers for ID: 281011 SRANA 03:  Date: 2nd June 2011
Location: Chenab valley Paddar Kishtwar J&K
Altitude: 2000 meters asl
Plant habit/Habitat: Wild herb
Plant height: Less tha 1 feet

A better focus should help, but if wild, it should be Silene conoidea.

Reply received by … matches with your opinion sir!
Silene conoidea from him too.



VoF Week: Silene conoidea from way to Hemkund sahib:

Silene conoidea from way to Hemkund sahib
Pls validate

Yes … what altitude??



Silene conoidea from Paddar valley J&K:  Bot. name: Silene conoidea

Family: Caryophyllaceae
Location: Paddar valley J&K
Altitude: 2400 meters
Date: 19th May 2012

Yes … Good photograph




Caryophyllaceae Week: : Silene conoidea from Ladakh- PKA4: I had seen this erect herb in the Buckwheat field at “Turtuk” Village, Ladakh.
This village is closer to (LOC), Ladakh
Bot. name: Silene conoidea
Family: Caryophyllaceae



Caryophyllaceae Week: Silene conoidea from Panipat: This was shot from Panipat in March 2012… an annual weed of the wheat fieldsSilene conoidea..



Flora from srinagar weed fo ID 09072013 CS1 : Attachments (2).  3 posts by 2 authors.

During my visit to Srinagar in April I had the opportunity to photograph the local flora
So this is a series of photos for identification

Silene conoidea L. (Caryophyllaceae)

Thank you … for the ID. Subsequently I came across the thread in our groups


Morni Hills 2014: Silene conoidea L.:: NS Feb 07 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5). 
This is a common winter weed, especially in wheat fields.. I am sharing few pics from Morni Hills..
Silene conoidea L.

Fantastic display of pics.. Thanks … for sharing..



Gentianaceae herb for ID SN 16March 09 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Erect herb near wheat field from Kangra area of Himachal

Most probably Silene conoidea

Silene conoidea is a common weed of wheat fields in H.P. and locally known as Ghuggi in hamirpur and Kangra areas. We used to eat its seeds in childhood.




Silene for ID: Manali : Attachments (1).  4 posts by 3 authors.

Attaching a snap, taken by my friend at Manali, in the first week of June.
Any chance for Silene armeria L. ?
I have heard that in S. armeria, flower color ranges from pink to white to purple.
Please validate.

Check for Silene conoidea?

Thanks for the response, …
I searched for all possible resources on Silene conoidea, including the earlier posts at efloraindia. Interestingly in many of the posts, the petal tip is acute to obtuse or denticulte (as mentioned in many regional flora) , But this snap I posted shows a clear notch at the tip and denticulation is minimum (a character missed in the description of all the regional flora I referred).
Hope this much of variation is acceptable.

Silene armeria is an ornamental species occurring rarely as escape in India (vide- Flora of India voi-II).

With more than 20 nerves on inflated calyx (partially visible in background) it resemble S.conoidea more closely. Yes the shape of petals is not perfectly matching. Agree with your statement on variation.

I agree with … regarding this being Silene conoidea L. as per images herein.