Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Claytonia rosea Rydberg
(Western Spring Beauty, Lanceleaf Spring Beauty)

Family: Portulacaceae

Status: Native

Claytonia lanceolata Pall. ex Pursh var. rosea (Rydb.) R.J. Davis

Claytonia rosea is a small white to pink five-petaled herb. Its leaves are linear and not conspicuous. It has two sepals. It does not give the appearance of a typical member of the Portulacaceae, but the two sepals give it away. It is found on north facing mountain slopes growing among small rocks in middle elevations.
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Claytonia rosea, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Wild Horse Canyon, Apr. 4, 2007

Claytonia rosea, photo Russ Kleinman & Shawn White, Mogollon Mtns., Rain Creek, Mar. 24, 2008

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