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Claytonia exigua  Torr. & A. Gray  ssp. glauca  (Torr. & A. Gray) John M. Mill. & K. L. Chambers
Blue leaved spring beauty,   Serpentine springbeauty
Claytonia exigua ssp. glauca is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial

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Parent: Claytonia exigua
Genus: Claytonia
Family: Montiaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Ultramafic affinity: 3.6 - broad endemic / strong indicator
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSClaytonia parviflora var. glauca
JEFMontia perfoliata f. glauca
PLANTSMontia perfoliata ssp. glauca
JEFMontia perfoliata var. glauca
JEFMontia perfoliata
Information about  Claytonia exigua ssp. glauca from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[explorer.natureserve.org] Taxonomy, Distribution, Habitat: In his 1994 Synonymized Checklist, Kartesz included glauca material in Claytonia rubra. In 1999, he moves glauca material into C. exigua and recognizes it as a subspecies, along with the taxon he called Claytonia spathulata in 1994 (=C. exigua ssp. exigua of Kartesz 1999). Found from coastal California to extreme southwestern British Columbia in a variety of habitats including buffs, coastal sand dunes, and other open areas. Distribution is slightly more restricted to areas near the coast (and the Columbia River Gorge) than the typical ssp. but found in a range of habitats. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/24/2024).