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

Claytonia tuberosa Pall. ex Schult.
tuberous springbeauty
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a more or less spherical underground corm bearing fibrous roots, the corm 1-1.5 cm wide; stems erect, simple, solitary, whitish, slender below ground, 4-15 cm tall.
Basal leaves 1-2 arising from the corm, elliptic to oblong, 2-6 cm long, 0.4-0.8 cm wide; stem leaves narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate or narrowly oblong, 1.5-6 cm long.
Inflorescence a round-topped raceme with 3-8 flowers on stalks 5-28 mm long, with one bract subtending the lowermost flower; petals white or pink, fused at the base, 9-15 mm long; sepals 4-7 mm long.
Capsules, 4-6 mm long; seeds 2-6, reddish-brown, 2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist sites in the subalpine and alpine zones; rare in N BC; amphiberingian, N to AK and S YT; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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