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Spring beauty Claytonia  lanceolata

Portulacaceae Purslane Family

Family ID traits:

  • Plants often succulent (fleshy & juicy)
  • Sepals usually 2
  • Radial symmetry

Habitat: Widely scattered, mid-to-high elevations in open, moist grassy areas often under conifers or shrubs. Often in large patches.

Leaves: A single pair of clasping stem leaves and 1-several lance-shaped basal leaves (sometimes absent). Somewhat fleshy. Largely have underground stalks.

Flowers:  3-15 with short stalks in loose clusters.  Petals range from pink to white.