Silene taimyrensis

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Silene taimyrensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Silene
Species: S. taimyrensis
Binomial name
Silene taimyrensis
(Tolm.) Bocquet


Silene taimyrensis, or Taimyr catchfly,[2] is a herbaceous perennial in the Caryophyllaceae, or pink family. It is native to the Yukon and British Columbia in Canada and to Alaska.[3] It is found to an elevation of a 1500 meters, growing in exposed subalpine to alpine locations with poor, rocky to sandy soils.[3] It grows to a height of 40 cm in its native habitat and to twice that height as a garden plant; it has small, white to light pink flowers that grow in terminal clusters.[3] S. taimyrensis is known in the fossil record from the Late Pleistocene.[4]


  1. ^ Hong Qian and Karel Klinka (1998). Plants of British Columbia: Scientific and Common Names of Vascular Plants, Bryophytes, and Lichens. University of British Columbia Press. ISBN 978-0-7748-0652-7. 
  2. ^ "Silene taimyrensis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c William J. Cody (2000). Flora of the Yukon Territory. NRC Press (Canada). 
  4. ^ Grant D. Zazula; et al. (2006). "Vegetation buried under Dawson tephra (25,300 14 C years BP) and locally diverse late Pleistocene paleoenvironments of Goldbottom Creek, Yukon, Canada". Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 242: 253–286. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2006.06.005.