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Claytonia megarhiza

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About Fell-fields Claytonia (Claytonia megarhiza) Claytonia megarhiza is a species of wildflower in the purslane family known by the common names fell-fields claytonia and alpine springbeauty. It is native to western North America from northwestern Canada to New Mexico, where it grows in talus habitats in subalpine and alpine climates. This is a perennial herb growing from a thick, scaly caudex topped with a stem a few centimeters in maximum length. The fleshy basal leaves form a dense rosette about the caudex. The leaves are red when new and turn green as they slowly produce chlorophyll. The inflorescence appears within the patch of leaves. It is a dense cluster of 2 to 6 pink and white flowers, the petals up to two centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

Flower Color
Pink, White, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
8378' - 11205'

Annual Precip. ?
31.4" - 76.0"

Summer Precip. ?
1.54" - 2.73"

Coldest Month ?
22.0° F - 31.5° F

Hottest Month ?
43.1° F - 51.6° F

Humidity ?
1.37 vpd - 10.55 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Alpine Springbeauty

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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