E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Clarkia pulchella Pursh
pink fairies (pinkfairies)
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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General:
Annual herb from a short taproot; stems 10-50 cm tall, simple to freely branched, short stiff-hairy.
Leaves:
Alternate, linear lance- to spoon-shaped, 2-7 cm long, 2-10 mm wide, entire to finely toothed.
Flowers:
Inflorescence a few-flowered, short raceme, buds nodding; hypanthium 1-3 mm long, glabrous inside; corollas slightly irregular; petals lavender to rose-purple, 3-lobed, middle lobe the widest, narrowed to a slender claw, short tooth on each side near the base; sepals usually joined and turned to one side; fertile stamens 4, the anthers coiling after shedding pollen, the others reduced and without functional pollen; stigmas oval-oblong, 1-3 mm long, white.
Fruits:
Capsules, straight or curved, about 2 cm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Purple
Blooming Period:
Mid Spring
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present from Spring to Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Dry, open areas in the steppe and montane zones; infrequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; S to OR, ID and MT.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Clarkia pulchella

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 547 818 1177
Slope Gradient (%) 0 48 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
40 188 260
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 3
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
29
Modal BEC Zone Class
ICH
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: ICH(11), IDF(10), PP(8)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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