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Claytonia lanceolata
lanceleaf springbeauty

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and Sasketchewan.

Habitat: Sagebrush foothills to alpine slopes, usually where vernally moist.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous perennial from a deep-seated, globose, tuberous root 5-20 mm. in diameter, the 1-several flowering stems 6-20 cm. tall.


Basal leaves 1 or 2, or often several, narrowly to broadly oblanceolate, up to 15 cm. long and 2-15 mm. wide; cauline leaves 2, opposite, sessile, ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 1.5-6 cm. long and 5-20 mm. wide.


Inflorescence a loose, one-sided, 3- to 20- flowered raceme, bracteate below; pedicels 1-5 cm. long, arched; sepals 2, 2.5-5 mm. long; petals 5, white to deep pink, often with pink lines, occasionally yellow, 5-12 mm. long, attached at the base for 1-2 mm; stamens 5, attached to the base of the petals; styles 3.


Capsule ovoid, 4 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Claytonia lanceolata Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 175, plate 3. 1814.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Claytonia caroliniana Michx. var. piersonii (Munz & I.M. Johnst.) B. Boivin
Claytonia lanceolata Pursh ssp. chrysantha (Greene) Ferris
Claytonia lanceolata Pursh var. chrysantha (Greene) C.L. Hitchc. [HC]
Claytonia lanceolata Pursh var. idahoensis R.J. Davis
Claytonia lanceolata Pursh var. lanceolata [HC]
Claytonia lanceolata Pursh var. piersonii Munz & I.M. Johnst.
Claytonia sessilifolia (Torr.) Henshaw
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Claytonia lanceolata checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Claytonia lanceolata information.

E-Flora BC: Claytonia lanceolata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Claytonia lanceolata photos.

USDA Plants: Claytonia lanceolata information.

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