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Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua

Claytonia exigua Torr. & A. Gray ssp. exigua

Little Spring Beauty, Serpentine Springbeauty

Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

Synonym(s): Claytonia spathulata var. exigua, Claytonia spathulata var. rosulata, Claytonia spathulata var. spathulata, Claytonia spathulata var. tenuifolia, Montia spathulata var. exigua, Montia spathulata var. rosulata, Montia spathulata var. spathulata, Montia spathulata var. tenuifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May


USA: CA , ID , NV , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Open places on bare clay banks, clayey soils or sand, or scree and talus slopes.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Claytonia exigua ssp. exigua


Record Modified: 2020-11-12
Research By: CBR

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