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Claytonia exigua
pale claytonia

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east to northwestern Nevada.

Habitat: Open areas on rock, clayey soils, or sand.

Flowers: March-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Somewhat succulent annual from a slender taproot, the erect, simple stems 1-6 cm. tall.


Basal leaves numerous, linear to linear-spatulate, 2-6 cm. long and 0.5-1.5 mm. wide; cauline leaves 2, linear-lanceolate to lance-ovate, 5-40 mm. long, erect, free or attached on one side for less than half their length.


Inflorescence a raceme, 5-20 mm. long, with 2-7 flowers, only the lowest bracteate; pedicels 3-10 mm. long, recurved; sepals 2, 1-2 mm. long; petals 5, white or pale pink, 2.5-4.5 mm. long; stamens 5; stigmas 3, linear.


Capsule 2-3 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia exigua Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1: 200. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Claytonia exigua in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia exigua checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Claytonia exigua information.

E-Flora BC: Claytonia exigua atlas page.

CalPhotos: Claytonia exigua photos.

USDA Plants: Claytonia exigua information.

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