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Silene  n.  (Bot.) A genus of caryophyllaceous plants, usually covered with a viscid secretion by which insects are caught; catchfly.
Bon Silène. See Silene.

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"Silene" Quotes from Famous Books

... whether, in vegetable life, there could be any need to excrete, or any advantage gained by throwing off such products; and, while the popular name of catch-fly, given to several common species of Silene, indicates long familiarity with the fact, probably no one ever imagined that the swarms of small insects which perish upon these sticky surfaces were ever turned to account by the plant. In many such cases, no doubt they perish as uselessly as when attracted into the flame of a candle. In the ...
— Darwiniana - Essays and Reviews Pertaining to Darwinism • Asa Gray

... calling. To Boston florists belong the credit of its first extensive culture and use, and for several years they may be said to have had the monopoly of its trade, and Boston smilax, along with Boston tea roses, which was pre-eminently the variety called the Bon Silene, was, for years, shipped to this and other cities. It is scarcely a decade of years ago, in this city, when a batch of one hundred strings could not be bought here, home-grown; now there would be no difficulty in getting thousands. Like everything else of like character, ...
— Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884. - A Weekly Journal for the Farm, Orchard and Fireside • Various

Words linked to "Silene" :   Silene latifolia, red bird's eye, fire pink, Silene acaulis, flower, moss campion, white campion, Lychnis alba, Silene caroliniana, Silene dioica, bladder campion, catchfly, Silene uniflora, campion, white cockle, red campion

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