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Claytonia arenicola
sand claytonia, sand springbeauty

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest along the eastern border of Washington and in the Columbia River Gorge; Washington to Oregon, east to Idaho and western Montana.

Habitat: Mossy and rocky places, from sagebrush desert to ponderosa pine forest openings.

Flowers: March-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Somewhat succulent annual from a taproot, the several ascending to erect stems 5-15 cm. long.


Basal leaves several, linear, 1.5-6 cm. long and 1-2.5 mm. broad; cauline leaves 2, opposite, linear, 1-3 cm. long, attached below the mid-point of the stem.


Inflorescence of several open, bracteate, loose racemes up to 10 cm. long, the lowest bracts nearly as long as the stem leaves; pedicels slender, up to 2 cm. long, recurved; sepals 2, 2 mm. long; petals 5, uniformly pink or pinkish veined, 6-9 mm. long; stamens 5; stigmas 3, linear.


Capsule ovoid.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia arenicola L.F. Hend.
Publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 22: 49. 1895.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Montia arenicola (L.F. Hend.) Howell [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia arenicola checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Claytonia arenicola atlas page.

CalPhotos: Claytonia arenicola photos.

USDA Plants: Claytonia arenicola information.

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