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Claytonia gypsophiloides
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Gypsum Springbeauty
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Claytonia gypsophiloides

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About Gypsum Springbeauty (Claytonia gypsophiloides) Claytonia gypsophiloides is a species of wildflower in the purslane family known by the common names gypsum springbeauty and Coast Range claytonia. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the Coast Ranges from the North Coast Ranges to the Temblor Range. It can usually be found in moist areas with rocky soils, often serpentine. It is an annual herb producing an erect stem 15 to 25 centimeters in maximum height. The fleshy basal leaves are linear in shape and up to 15 centimeters long. The pair leaves at midpoint on the stem vary in shape. They may be linear and separate, fused along one side, or completely fused into a disc surrounding the stem. The leaves are gray-green, beige, or pinkish in color. The stalked inflorescence is up to 15 centimeters long and bears up to 30 flowers. Each has 5 pink and white petals which are oval-shaped with a notched tip.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
5.9 - 9.8 in (15 - 24.9 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Brown

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
3' - 5716'

Annual Precip. ?
9.2" - 78.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 1.03"

Coldest Month ?
41.8° F - 52.2° F

Hottest Month ?
62.8° F - 74.2° F

Humidity ?
0.44 vpd - 22.37 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Coast Range Claytonia

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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