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Claytonia umbellata
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Great Basin Claytonia
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Claytonia umbellata

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About Great Basin Claytonia (Claytonia umbellata) Claytonia umbellata is a species of wildflower in the purslane family known by the common name Great Basin springbeauty. It is native to the Great Basin of the United States, where it grows mainly in subalpine coniferous forests, often on exposed slopes in the talus. It is a perennial herb growing from a tuber up to 5 centimeters wide and a thin taproot. Most of the stem develops underground, as do the petioles of the most basal leaves. Above the ground appear a few oval-shaped fleshy red to green leaves and an inflorescence of up to 12 flowers. Each flower has five white to deeply pink-tinted petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

Flower Color
Pink, White, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4227' - 11596'

Annual Precip. ?
12.0" - 42.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.71" - 2.34"

Coldest Month ?
23.0° F - 35.7° F

Hottest Month ?
44.9° F - 65.4° F

Humidity ?
1.87 vpd - 20.47 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Great Basin 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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