Silene lulakabadensis (Caryophyllaceae), a New Species from Iran

  • Mahnaz Heidari Rikan Kharazmi University
  • Farrokh Ghahremaninejad Kharazmi University
  • Mostafa Assadi Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands
Keywords: Caryophyllaceae, conservation status, Iran, IUCN Red List, Silene


Silene lulakabadensis Heidari, F. Ghahrem. & Assadi is described as a new species from Zanjan Province, Iran. The new species is a dark green plant, perennial and woody at the base, that was collected on marl soil slopes at 2100 m. It is believed to be closely related to S. eriocalycina Boiss. from section Auriculatae (Boiss.) Schischk. but is a smaller plant, with much shorter internodes, and pinkish-white retuse to emarginate petals with very small or no scales. It is a very rare plant and its conservation status is assessed as Critically Endangered.


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