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See list of 15 species in this genus

The genus Silene has seen numerous revisions to its circumscription. Definitions have varied, from a very inclusive Silene (e.g., Morton 2005b) to a narrowly defined Silene (e.g., Oxelman et al. 2000). The latter is followed here as it was based on morphology and DNA sequence data interpreted in a phylogenetic fashion, and the entities (i.e., genera) they proposed are very distinguishable ( Atocion, Eudianthe, Lychnis, Silene, and Viscaria in the New England flora). Reference: Morton (2005b).

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