Calandrinia ciliata

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Calandrinia ciliata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Montiaceae
Genus: Calandrinia
Species: C. ciliata
Binomial name
Calandrinia ciliata
(Ruiz & Pav.) DC.

Calandrinia ciliata is a species of flowering plant formerly included in the purslane family known by the common names fringed redmaids[1] and red-maids.[2] It is now treated as belonging to the Montiaceae.


It is native to western North America from British Columbia to New Mexico, where it is widespread and common. It can also be found in parts of Central and South America.

Description[edit]

Calandrinia ciliata is an annual herb which varies greatly in size from a small patch a few centimeters wide to an erect form approaching 40 centimeters tall. The linear or lance-shaped leaves are one to ten centimeters long and slightly succulent in texture.

The inflorescence is a raceme bearing flowers on short pedicels. The flower has usually five deep pink to red petals, each up to 1.5 centimeters in length. There are two sepals at the base beneath the petals.

This is a hardy plant well adapted to many habitat and climate types. Where it's an introduced species, it is known as a minor weed.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calandrinia ciliata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ UC Davis IPM

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