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Spring Beauty

Scientific Name     

Claytonia virginica L.

Family Name

Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

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Characteristics: 

Habitat: 

prefers rich, moist woods and fields, but found in other areas as well

Plant Height: 

to 30 cm, erect stem

Flower Color: 

white; can have pinkish hue due to distinct veins in petals

Flower: 

perfect; complete; 2 sepals; 5 petals; 5 stamens with pink anthers opposite petals; ovules 6; style with 3 short lobes; 2 cm wide

Inflorescence: 

terminal raceme

Fruit: 

ovoid capsule

Leaves: 

cauline leaves usually much longer than wide, long-tapering to base; opposite; entire

Bloom Time: 

April-June

Origins: 

native

Other: 

plant grows from underground sweet, chestnut-like tasting tuber; Native Americans used tuber as food; similar species C. caroliniana has broader, oval to oblong leaves