Silene or not?

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Hoy
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Silene or not?

I found this high up (3500m) in the mountains of eastern Turkey.
But what is it, any suggestions?

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

I found this high up (3500m) in the mountains of eastern Turkey.
But what is it, any suggestions?

Trond, when I first saw this, it reminded me of a Gypsophila I grew from the MacPhail and Watson expedition to Turkey in 1977, Gypsophila briquetiana, which is still available in some nurseries.  I looked at the Van Flora site, and found photos of Gypsophila adenophylla that look like your plant.  There are more than 50 Gypsophila species in Turkey (only a few are pictured on the Van Flora site), over 100 Silene, and even Saponaria and Lychnis are possibilities, but my first guess is Gypsophila, amd maybe the species adenophylla.

http://vanherbaryum.yyu.edu.tr/flora/famgenustur/caryo/gypsophila/gad/in...

http://vanherbaryum.yyu.edu.tr/flora/famgenustur/caryo/gypsophila/gad/pa...

http://vanherbaryum.yyu.edu.tr/flora/famgenustur/caryo/gypsophila/gad/pa...

http://vanherbaryum.yyu.edu.tr/flora/famgenustur/caryo/gypsophila/gad/pa...

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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As you say, Mark, it is lots of possibilities. I considered Gypsophila but my flora had none like this. But maybe G. adenophylla is right. The mountains (many volcanoes) of Eastern Turkey are separated by many miles so a lot of different populations may exist.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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