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Bladder Campion - introduced (*Silene vulgaris)
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Chickweed & Carnation family).
Native of Europe.
Occurrence: An uncommon weed.
- it is an erect perennial
- the leaves are almost stalkless and in pairs
- the petals are pink or white
- the fruit are not conspicuously striped
- the fruit become inflated and bladder-like.
Similar species: French Catchfly (Silene gallica) has glandular hairs and the fruit is striped.
Photo 1: Dried specimen.
The unstriped bladder-like fruit are a distinctive feature.
It is an environmental weed.
2: Patch of Bladder Campion. Both: Parker St, Castlemaine.