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Claytonia exigua is a species of wildflower known by the common names serpentine springbeauty and pale claytonia, in the Montiaceae family.
The thick leaves are linear in shape and fingerlike near the base of the plant and crescent to disc-shaped farther up the stem. The plant is hairless and waxy and varies in color from green to pinkish, grayish, or brownish.
The inflorescence holds several flowers on drooping pedicels which turn erect as the plant develops fruit. The flower has five lobed petals each a few millimeters long and in shades of pink, white, or pink-streaked white.
The fruit is a capsule less than three millimeters long containing a few tiny seeds.
- Media related to Claytonia exigua at Wikimedia Commons
- Calflora Database: Claytonia exigua (Little spring beauty, Serpentine springbeauty)
- Jepson Manual Treatment of Claytonia exigua
- UC CalPhotos gallery of Claytonia exigua
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