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candy flower, pink purslane, Siberian miner's-lettuce, Siberian spring-beauty, western springbeauty

Madrean springbeauty, Rocky Mountain Spring beauty, western springbeauty

Habit Plants annual or perennial, rhizomatous, producing bulblets or stolons; periderm absent. Plants perennial, with globose tubers 20–100 mm; periderm 5–10 mm.
Stems

5–40 cm.

2–15 cm.

Leaves

basal leaves petiolate, 3–20 cm, blade linear, lanceolate, or deltate, 2–7 × 1–5 cm;

cauline leaves sessile, distinct, blade lanceolate to ovate, 1–5 cm.

basal leaves sometimes absent, petiolate, blade linear to narrowly spatulate, 1–7 × 0.4–2 cm, apex acute to obtuse;

cauline leaves petiolate, blade linear, 2–5 cm, apex acute to obtuse.

Inflorescences

multibracteate;

bracts leaflike, 5–30 mm.

multibracteate, rarely 1-bracteate;

proximalmost bract leaflike, distal bracts reduced to membranous scales.

Flowers

8–20 mm diam., sepals 3–5 mm;

petals white, candy-striped, or pink, 8–14 mm;

ovules 3.

8–14 mm diam.;

sepals 3–5 mm;

petals pink, rose, or magenta, 8–10 mm;

ovules 6.

Seeds

(1–)3, 2–3 mm, shiny and smooth;

elaiosome 1 mm.

2–3 mm, shiny and smooth;

elaiosome 1–2 mm.

2n

= 12, 24, 36.

= 16.

Claytonia sibirica

Claytonia rosea

Phenology Flowering Feb–Aug. Flowering Feb–May.
Habitat Thickets of red alder, dogwood, vine-leaf maple, moist shaded coniferous forests Hillsides and mesas of montane ponderosa and Chihuahuan pine and oak belts
Elevation 0-2000 m (0-6600 ft) 800-2400 m (2600-7900 ft)
Distribution
from FNA
AK; CA; ID; MT; OR; WA; BC; Eurasia (Russia)
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from FNA
AZ; CO; NM; UT; Mexico
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Discussion

Claytonia rosea is morphologically distinct from C. lanceolata based on early cytological and ecological study of the two species by D. K. Halleck and D. Wiens (1966) and the author’s review of type material.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 4, p. 474. FNA vol. 4, p. 472.
Parent taxa Portulacaceae > Claytonia Portulacaceae > Claytonia
Sibling taxa
C. acutifolia, C. arctica, C. arenicola, C. caroliniana, C. cordifolia, C. exigua, C. gypsophiloides, C. lanceolata, C. megarhiza, C. multiscapa, C. nevadensis, C. ogilviensis, C. palustris, C. parviflora, C. perfoliata, C. rosea, C. rubra, C. sarmentosa, C. saxosa, C. scammaniana, C. tuberosa, C. umbellata, C. virginica, C. washingtoniana
C. acutifolia, C. arctica, C. arenicola, C. caroliniana, C. cordifolia, C. exigua, C. gypsophiloides, C. lanceolata, C. megarhiza, C. multiscapa, C. nevadensis, C. ogilviensis, C. palustris, C. parviflora, C. perfoliata, C. rubra, C. sarmentosa, C. saxosa, C. scammaniana, C. sibirica, C. tuberosa, C. umbellata, C. virginica, C. washingtoniana
Synonyms Montia sibirica, Montia sibirica var. bulbifera, Montia sibirica var. heterophylla C. lanceolata var. rosea
Name authority Linnaeus: Sp. Pl. 1: 204. (1753) Rydberg: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 31: 404. (1904)
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