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Claytonia parviflora
Indian lettuce
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east to Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.

Habitat: Open rocky areas, open forest, forest edge, and disturbed areas.

Flowers: March-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Fleshy annual, the stems 5-30 cm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaf blades green or pink, not glaucous; basal leaves petiolate, the blade linear, much longer than wide; cauline leaves sessile, the blade linear.

Flowers:

Inflorescence racemose, one-sided, with a single bract, the bract leaf-like, 0.5-15 mm. wide; flowers 2-8 mm. in diameter; sepals 2; petals 5, white or pink; stamens opposite the petals.

Fruits:

Capsule with 3 ovules.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia parviflora Douglas ex Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 225, plate 73. 1832.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Claytonia parviflora Douglas ex Hook. ssp. grandiflora John M. Mill. & K.L. Chambers [FNA4]
Claytonia parviflora Douglas ex Hook. ssp. parviflora [FNA4]
Claytonia parviflora Douglas ex Hook. ssp. utahensis (Rydb.) John M. Mill. & K.L. Chambers [FNA4]
Claytonia parviflora Douglas ex Hook. ssp. viridis (Davidson) John M. Mill. & K.L. Chambers [FNA4]
Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willd. var. parviflora (Douglas ex Hook.) Torr.
Montia perfoliata (Donn ex Willd.) Howell var. parviflora (Douglas ex Hook.) Jeps.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia parviflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Claytonia parviflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Claytonia parviflora photos.

USDA Plants: Claytonia parviflora information.

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