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ALPINE SPRING BEAUTY - Claytonia megarhiza

IDENTIFICATION
Common Name: ALPINE SPRING BEAUTY
Scientific Name: Claytonia megarhiza
Derivation: Named for John Clayton, a Virginia botanist; megarhiza - large-rooted, for thick purplish-red taproot.
Synonyms: C. arctica megarhiza
Family: Purslane - Portulacaceae
Species Characteristics: in round patches to 5 inches height; ; tight rosette of basal leaves;
Mature Height: to 5 inches.
Flower Color: white with red-veined petals.
Flower Size: to 3/4" across.
Petal Number: 5
Fruit Type: capsule (dry, multi-celled fruit splitting when ripe), 4-6 mm long.
Leaf Type: simple (not divided into similar parts).
Leaf/Leaflet Shape: spatulate (gradually narrowed from a rounded end).
ECOLOGY
Origin: native
Growth Form: herbaceous
Life Cycle: perennial
Class: angiosperm (plant with covered seed).
SubClass: dicot (plants with two seed leaves and netted leaf veins).
Season of Bloom: summer (Jun. - Aug.).
Life Zone: alpine
Habitat: high peaks, talus slopes, boulder fields, rock crevices.
Eco. Relationships: found from 10,0000-13,500 ft.

WEED MANAGEMENT
Origin: native

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