Page author: David Giblin
Clarkia amoena
yellow clarkia, farewell to spring
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Dry, open to wooded areas, at low elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Annual, the stem 1-10 dm. tall, simple or freely-branched.

Leaves:

Leaves alternate, sessile, 2-7 cm. long and 2-6 mm. wide.

Flowers:

Inflorescence of loose, few-flowered, erect racemes; calyx tube 2-10 mm. long, the 4 lobes united and turned to one side; petals 4, not clawed, 1-4 cm. long, pale pink to rose-purple, with carmine spots in the center, obovate to rounded; style 4-parted, the stigmas 1.5-5 mm. long, yellow, linear to oval; stamens 8, of two lengths, shorter than the style; ovary inferior, 4-celled.

Fruits:

Capsule 4-celled, 1.5-4.5 cm. long, beakless or with a beak several mm. long, straight or curved, linear.

Accepted Name:
Clarkia amoena (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Clarkia amoena (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. ssp. caurina (Abrams ex Piper) F.H. Lewis & M.E. Lewis [KZ99]
Clarkia amoena (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. ssp. lindleyi (Douglas) F.H. Lewis & M.E. Lewis [KZ99]
Clarkia amoena (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. var. caurina (Abrams ex Piper) C.L. Hitchc. [HC]
Clarkia amoena (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. var. lindleyi (Douglas) C.L. Hitchc. [HC]
Clarkia amoena (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr. var. pacifica (M. Peck) C.L. Hitchc. [HC]
Godetia pacifica M. Peck
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clarkia amoena in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Clarkia amoena checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Clarkia amoena atlas page.

CalPhotos: Clarkia amoena photos.

USDA Plants: Clarkia amoena information.

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