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Claytonia saxosa  Brandegee
Brandegee's spring beauty,   Brandegee's springbeauty
Claytonia saxosa is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
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Genus: Claytonia
Family: Montiaceae  
(Portulacaceae)
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Ultramafic affinity: 4.4 - broad endemic / strong indicator

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + PLANTSMontia saxosa
Information about  Claytonia saxosa from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (CLSA3)

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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Description: Distribution The wildflower is endemic to northern California and southern Oregon. In northern California it is located on serpentine soils. In Oregon it is located in three places on basalt soils in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon. It is found on rocky open slopes at mid to high elevations. Description Claytonia saxosa is a small, compact annual herb forming clumps a few centimeters wide in rock crevices. Serpentinite is the favored geologic substrate of this species. The leaves are small, with fleshy spatulate blades. The basal leaves and flowering stems are pink or red in color, packed densely together about the short stem that surmounts a minute, tuberous caudex. Two to ten flowers emerge from the clump, each with five light pink petals under a centimeter long. The bloom period is March to May. (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: 05/21/2024).