Claytonia species

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Scientific Name Claytonia lanceolata USDA PLANTS Symbol CLLA2
Common Name Western Springbeauty, Lance-leaf Springbeauty ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20390
Family Montiaceae (Miner’s Lettuce), formerly Portulacaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (7000 to 12000 ft.); moist areas, especially where snow remains, in montane forests and subalpine meadows.
Plant: Short perennial, 1/2 to 4 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves often absent at flowering, blade linear to lanceolate; stem leaves ovate to narrowly lanceolate, sessile, 3/8 to 3-3/8 inches long and up to 3/4-inch wide, sessile.
Inflorescence: One or several flowers in a short, simple or branched raceme or cyme; 5 white or pinkish petals with smooth tips, sometimes with yellow throat.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Claytonia megarhiza USDA PLANTS Symbol CLME
Common Name Alpine Springbeauty ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20391
Family Montiaceae (Miner’s Lettuce), formerly Portulacaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine (11000 to 14000 ft.); talus slopes, boulder fields.
Plant: Short perennial, 2 to 5 inches tall, usually hiding in rock crevices.
Leaves: Numerous, fleshy leaves; basal leaves in a rosette, oblanceolate to spatulate 3/4 to 4 inches long and 1/16 to 1-1/4 inches wide; stem leaves oblanceolate.
Inflorescence: Blossoms 1/2 to 3/4-inch across tucked closely with the foliage; 5 white, pink or rose flowers petals with yellow throat.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildlowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native



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