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Claytonia megarhiza  (A. Gray) S. Watson
Alpine springbeauty,   Fell fields claytonia
Claytonia megarhiza is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
also called Claytonia bellidifolia
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).
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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~52 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Communities: Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Alpine Fell-fields

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + CNPSClaytonia bellidifolia
JEFClaytonia megarhiza var. bellidifolia
Information about  Claytonia megarhiza from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Edibility: Claytonia megarhiza is native to western North America from northwestern Canada to New Mexico, where it grows in rock crevices and talus habitats in subalpine and alpine climates. The species is known from summits and slopes of North America's highest mountains including the Redstone Mountains of the Canadian Northwest Territories, disjunct south to the central and southern Rocky Mountains reaching a southern limit in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.[4] In the Wenatchee Mountains of Washington State it is often found on serpentine.[5] Uses The rosettes of the leaves and the roots can be eaten as an emergency food.[7] (contributed 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: 05/25/2024).