Claytonia lanceolata

(Western Springbeauty)

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Claytonia lanceolata, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 6551

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Claytonia lanceolata, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 6600

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Claytonia lanceolata, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 6593

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Claytonia lanceolata, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 6554

Scientific Name Claytonia lanceolata USDA PLANTS Symbol CLLA2
Common Name Western Springbeauty, Lance-leaf Springbeauty ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20390
Family Montiaceae (Miner’s Lettuce), formerly Portulacaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (7000 to 12000 ft.); moist areas, especially where snow remains, in montane forests and subalpine meadows.
Plant: Short perennial, 1/2 to 4 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves often absent at flowering, blade linear to lanceolate; stem leaves ovate to narrowly lanceolate, sessile, 3/8 to 3-3/8 inches long and up to 3/4-inch wide, sessile.
Inflorescence: One or several flowers in a short, simple or branched raceme or cyme; 5 white or pinkish petals with smooth tips, sometimes with yellow throat.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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