Silene wherryi

Family:CARYOPHYLLACEAE
Species:Silene wherryi Small
Common Name:Wherry's Catchfly; Pink Catchfly; Wild Pink
Habitat:Open rocky slopes primarily in the Ridge and Valley region but sometimes found in the adjacent regions.
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Herb
Duration:Perennial
Category:Vascular
USDA Symbol:**
Plant Notes:Wherry's Catchfly is a native herbaceous perennial in the Pink family (Caryophyllaceae). It can be found in central and northeastern Alabama. Wherry's Catchfly grows in open, rocky woods, in xeric, sandy pine woods, and on roadside banks. It is a perennial with a stout woody taproot. Basal leaves are winged petiolate, oblanceolate in outline, with ciliate margins. The cauline leaves are sessile, oblanceolate in outline, and slightly pubescent. Stems are green in color, ascending, and glandular pubescent. Flowers are produced in terminal 3-15 flowered inflorescences. The inflorescences are subtended by leaf-like bracts. The calyx is pubescent with spreading white hairs and is usually purple towards the apex. The flowers have 5 pink or white petals. The fruit is a capsule. Wherry's Catchfly is listed as a S1S2 species in Alabama (S1 - typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology making it especially vulnerable in the state. S2 - typically 6 to 20 occurrences, few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or factors demonstrably making it very vulnerable in the state). Wherry's Catchfly is available from some nurseries. It prefers a well-draining soil in full to partial sun. Plants are short lived but it readily reseeds in the garden. Sometimes hybridizes with Silene virginica.--A. Diamond
Taxonomic Notes:**
Status:Native, S1S2 (State Rank), G5T3 (Global Rank)
References:**
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

** Not applicable or data not available.

Classification

FamilyCARYOPHYLLACEAE - Pink family
Genus Silene
Species Silene wherryi Small - Wherry's Catchfly; Pink Catchfly; Wild Pink

Citation

Citation Silene wherryi Small, Torreya 26(4): 66–67, pl. s.n. [p. 66]. 1926.
Basionym: **
Type: ALABAMA: Marshall Co.: Albertsville [Albertville], 22 Apr 1899, J.B. Hobdy 11 (holotype: NY)

** Not applicable or data not available.

Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Silene caroliniana subsp. wherryi Silene caroliniana subsp. wherryi (Small) R.T. Clausen, Rhodorda 41(492): 582. 1939.Silene wherryi Small 1926. 
Silene caroliniana var. wherryi Silene caroliniana var. wherryi (Small) Fernald, Rhodora 42(499): 260. 1940.Silene wherryi Small 1926. 

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: ALNHS, AMAL, AUA, JSU, SAMF, TROY, UNA, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1962 - 1971

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
Image
JSU119185 Cherokee 19 Apr 1993 House, Russell
38
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UWAL0037559 Bibb 02 May 1993 Allison, James (Jim) R.
7591
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
TROY000038408 Autauga 21 Apr 2012 Keener, Brian R.
7156
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
AUA_ACC_52865 Autauga 16 Apr 1993 Diamond, Alvin R.
8566
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
UNA00068802 Chilton 18 Apr 2008 Keener, Brian R.
4228
UNA
Silene caroliniana Walt. subsp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
AUA_ACC_64970 Chilton 10 Apr 2005 Diamond, Alvin R.
15116
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119189 DeKalb 4 Apr 1953 Griffin, Troy
s.n.
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
AMAL00008529 Chilton 11 Apr 2001 Schotz, Alfred
1829
AMAL
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119193 Marshall 18 Apr 1993 Spaulding, Daniel D.
3470
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UNA00033634 Autauga 20 Apr 1962 Denton, Tommy
75
UNA
Silene caroliniana Walt. subsp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
SAMF0003886 Elmore 12 Apr 1969 Glover, Betsy
s.n.
SAMF
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) R. T. Clausen
AUA_ACC_23976 Chilton 20 May 1971 Freeman, John D.
728
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119192 Jefferson 16 Apr 1966 Blackwell, Lula Rose
151
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UWAL0035269 Jefferson 28 Apr 2013 Cobb, Richard
s.n.
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
AMAL00014050 Chilton 18 Apr 2008 Keener, Brian R.
4228
AMAL
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119181 Blount 21 Apr 1973 Whetstone, R. David
RDW-1007
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UWAL0030155 Blount 17 Apr 1998 Keener, Brian R.
621
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
SAMF0003669 Cherokee 19 Apr 2010 Davenport, Lawrence J.
4245
SAMF
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) R. T. Clausen
UNA00033639 Jefferson 23 Apr 1962 Deramus, Rebecca
102
UNA
Silene caroliniana Walt. subsp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
SAMF0003659 Jefferson 23 Apr 1948 McCullough, Herbert A.
s.n.
SAMF
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) R. T. Clausen
AUA_ACC_6302 Autauga 5 Apr 1908 Andrews, Elizabeth F.
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
UWAL0035265 Jefferson 28 Apr 2013 Cobb, Richard
s.n.
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
SAMF0003660 Etowah 20 Apr 1963 Gibbons, Carolyn
96
SAMF
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) R. T. Clausen
TROY000017990 Chilton 10 Apr 2005 Diamond, Alvin R.
15116
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119187 Cherokee 12 Apr 1993 Hruska, Susan E.
40
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
TROY000045790 Autauga 11 Apr 2017 Parker, Matthew R.
595
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) R.T. Clausen
AUA_ACC_52866 Autauga 16 Apr 1993 Diamond, Alvin R.
8567
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
ALNHS00007693 Autauga 30 MAR 2021 Barger, T. Wayne
SP#5445
ALNHS
Silene wherryi Small
UWAL0008544 Etowah 26 Apr 2008 Keener, Brian R.
4305
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
JSU119190 Etowah 11 Apr 1994 Hodge, Lesley M.
1005
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UNA00071966 Jefferson 23 Apr 1948 McC., H.
48-41
UNA
Silene wherryi Small
UWAL0008543 Chilton 18 Apr 2008 Keener, Brian R.
4228
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
UWAL0046584 Autauga 11 Apr 2017 Parker, Matthew R.
595
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
ALNHS00005542 Marshall 12 Apr 2018 Barger, T. Wayne
SP#3679
ALNHS
Silene wherryi Small
JSU119196 St. Clair 12 May 1983 Nixon, Christopher F.
155
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
AUA_ACC_55699 Marshall 19 Apr 1971 Kral, Robert
42173
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
TROY000017619 Etowah 26 Apr 2008 Keener, Brian R.
4305
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
AMAL00017900 Autauga 18 Apr 1979 Kral, Robert
63333
AMAL
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UNA00033644 Bibb 14 Apr 1970 Kral, Robert
38494
UNA
Silene caroliniana Walt. subsp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119186 Cherokee 24 Apr 1978 Kral, Robert
61613
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
TROY000017987 Autauga 18 Apr 1979 Kral, Robert
63333
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU142881 Marshall 22 Apr 1992 Spaulding, Daniel D.
1397
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UNA00057794 Bibb 02 May 1993 Allison, James R.
7591
UNA
Silene caroliniana Walt. var. wherryi (Small) Fern.
AUA_ACC_52893 Chilton 16 Apr 1993 Diamond, Alvin R.
8569
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119191 Jefferson 9 Apr 1985 Barber, J. Patrick
1390
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
ALNHS00007694 Autauga 30 MAR 2021 Barger, T. Wayne
SP#5445
ALNHS
Silene wherryi Small
UWAL0035268 Jefferson 28 Apr 2013 Cobb, Richard
s.n.
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
JSU119194 Marshall 12 Jul 1992 Spaulding, Daniel D.
2278
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119183 Blount 21 Apr 1973 Whetstone, R. David
RDW-1007
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UWAL0037667 Jefferson 23 Apr 1948 Smith , R.
48.41
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
JSU119182 Blount 15 May 1993 Whetstone, R. David
s.n.
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
ALNHS00003841 Chilton 12 Apr 2016 Barger, T. Wayne
SP#2188
ALNHS
Silene caroliniana Walt. ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119188 Cherokee 26 Apr 1953 Mayes, Carolyn
s.n.
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
AUA000039324 Cullman 12 Apr 1913 Wolf, Wolfgang
AUA
Silene Caroliniana Walter Ssp. Wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119180 Bibb 14 Apr 1970 Kral, Robert
38494
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UNA00065862 Autauga 18 Apr 1979 Kral, Robert
63333
UNA
Silene wherryi Small
UNA00033649 Cullman _ Apr 1890 Mohr, Mary
s.n.
UNA
Silene caroliniana Walt. subsp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UWAL0010614 Autauga 21 Apr 2012 Keener, Brian R.
7156
UWAL
Silene wherryi Small
TROY000017991 Chilton 18 Apr 2008 Keener, Brian R.
4228
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
JSU119195 St. Clair 12 May 1983 Whetstone, R. David
13159
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
TROY000017989 Cherokee 27 Apr 1979 Kral, Robert
63414
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
TROY000017988 Blount 21 Apr 1973 Whetstone, R. David
s.n.
TROY
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
AMAL00018124 Cherokee 27 Apr 1979 Kral, Robert
63414
AMAL
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
UNA00017704 Marshall 19 Apr 1971 Kral, Robert
42173
UNA
Silene caroliniana Walt.
JSU119184 Calhoun 15 Apr 1953 Diggs, William E.
s.n.
JSU
Silene caroliniana Walter ssp. wherryi (Small) Clausen
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