General: Perennial (sometimes annual) herb from a slender taproot or short rhizome; stems spreading to erect, few to several, 5-60 cm tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves numerous, the blades oblanceolate to egg-shaped, triangular or deltate, 1-8 cm long, tapering to a 2-22 cm stalk, some stalk bases sheathed or bulb-like; stem leaves paired, opposite, free, lanceolate to egg-shaped, unstalked, 1-8 cm long.
Flowers: Inflorescence of terminal and axillary racemes with 10-22 flowers on stalks 1-5 cm long, nodding in bud but spreading in flower, with 1 bract per 1-2 flowers; petals 5, white or pink (fading to white), 6-12 mm long; sepals 2, 3-6 mm long.
Fruits: Capsules, 2.5-3.5 mm long; seeds 1, sometimes 3, round to elliptic, black, shiny or dull, 1.5-2 mm long.
Notes: A highly variable species sometimes confused with C. cordifolia.
Moist streambanks, meadows, beaches, thickets and forests in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in and W of the Coast-Cascade Mountains S of 55degreeN, less frequent eastward; amphiberingian, S to MT, UT and CA; E Asia.
A shade-tolerant, submontane to montane, Asian and Pacific North American moss; its occurrence decreases with increasing continentality. Occurs in cool temperate and cool mesothermal climates on very shallow, calcium-rich soils. Inhabits coarse fragments, cliffs, or bark of trees in shaded forest understories. Characteristic of calcium-rich substrates.
Claytonia sibirica var. cordifolia (S. Watson) R.J. Davis Claytonia sibirica var. heterophylla Claytonia sibirica var. sibirica L. Montia cordifolia (S. Watson) Pax & K. Hoffm. Montia sibirica var. heterophylla
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