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Claytonia megarhiza var. bellidifolia (A. Gray) Parry ex S. Watson
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Claytonia megarhiza var. bellidifolia
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Species Information

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Perennial herb with a massive, more or less woody underground stock bearing thick-branched roots; stems erect, simple, single to several, 1-6 cm tall.
Basal leaves numerous, forming rosettes, elliptic to egg-shaped, the blades 1-5 cm long, narrowing to a membranous-margined stalk 1-3 times as long as the blade; stem leaves paired, opposite, free, reduced, linear-oblanceolate, 1-3 cm long.
Inflorescence of round-topped racemes with 2-9 flowers on stalks 5-40 mm long, bracts present on all flowers; petals white to pink or dark rose, 5-9 mm long, joined at the base; sepals 2, 3-8 mm long, turning reddish with age.
Capsules, 3-valved, egg-shaped, 4-5 mm long; seeds 1-6, round, black, shining, 2-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry gravelly slopes, rock outcrops and talus slopes in the alpine zone; rare in SE BC, known only from Goat Mountain; E to S AB and S to CO, UT, NM and NV; disjunct in NT.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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