Page author: Don Knoke
Claytonia rubra
cushion miner's lettuce, erubescent lettuce, red miners lettuce
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Throughout much of Western U.S., north to southern B.C.

Habitat: Sandy areas, shrublands, dry coniferous woods

Flowers: April - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Fleshy annuals, the stems 1-10 cm. tall.

Leaves:

Basal leaves usually in flattened rosettes 0.5-6 cm. wide, the blades strongly reddish, narrowly rhombic to ovate, spatulate or ladle-shaped; cauline leaves opposite, sessile, the blades ovate, distinct or united.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a raceme, subtended by a leaf-like bract 0.5-15 mm. in diameter; flowers 2-5 mm. in diameter; sepals 2, 1.5-2.5 mm. long; petals 5, white to pale pinkish, 2-3 mm. long; stamens opposite the petals.

Fruits:

Capsule 3-ovuled.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia rubra (Howell) Tidestr.
Publication: Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 25: 188. 1925.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Claytonia parviflora Douglas ex Hook. var. depressa A. Gray
Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willd. var. depressa (A. Gray) Poelln.
Claytonia rubra (Howell) Tidestr. ssp. depressa (A. Gray) John M. Mill. & K.L. Chambers [FNA4]
Claytonia rubra (Howell) Tidestr. ssp. rubra [FNA4]
Montia perfoliata (Donn ex Willd.) Howell var. depressa (A. Gray) Jeps.
Montia rubra Howell
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia rubra checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Claytonia rubra atlas page.

CalPhotos: Claytonia rubra photos.

USDA Plants: Claytonia rubra information.

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