Claytonia exigua
pale claytonia
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Southern B.C. to California, east to eastern Washington and Oregon, part of Nevada.

Habitat: Open areas on rock, clayey soils, or sand.

Flowers: March - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Somewhat succulent annual from a slender taproot, the erect, simple stems 1-6 cm. tall.

Leaves:

Basal leaves numerous, linear to linear-spatulate, 2-6 cm. long and 0.5-1.5 mm. wide; cauline leaves 2, linear-lanceolate to lance-ovate, 5-40 mm. long, erect, free or attached on one side for less than half their length.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a raceme, 5-20 mm. long, with 2-7 flowers, only the lowest bracteate; pedicels 3-10 mm. long, recurved; sepals 2, 1-2 mm. long; petals 5, white or pale pink, 2.5-4.5 mm. long; stamens 5; stigmas 3, linear.

Fruits:

Capsule 2-3 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia exigua Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1: 200. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
ssp. exigua – pale claytonia
ssp. glauca – pale claytonia    Southern B.C. to central California, mostly west of the Cascades, also in Columbia River Gorge.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Claytonia exigua in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia exigua checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Claytonia exigua atlas page.

CalPhotos: Claytonia exigua photos.

USDA Plants: Claytonia exigua information.

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