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Carolina Spring Beauty, Wide-leaved Spring Beauty - Claytonia caroliniana

Family: Portulacaceae Purslane family Genus Common Name: Spring Beauty Native Status: Native
Claytonia caroliniana - Carolina Spring Beauty, Wide-leaved Spring Beauty. Spring Beauty is one of the early wildflowers, normally blooming March through early May, although you may catch a blossom opening in late February in some locations.

Carolina Spring Beauty - Claytonia caroliniana has a pair of stem leaves which are lanceolate-ovate on a distinct petiole. Similar Virginia Spring Beauty - C. virginiana - has narrow, grass-like leaves narrowing into an indistinct petiole.

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Distribution of Claytonia caroliniana in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 17 Jan 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-March-07Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/60 f/5.6 ISO400
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv)
Spring Beauty has five pink-lined white petals in each of one to several blossoms terminating the stem. The stem has a single pair of opposite leaves, lanceolate to ovate in shaped, on a petiole.
Claytonia caroliniana

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-02Photographer: Gerald C Williamson ISO800
Claytonia caroliniana blooms from March thru May.
Claytonia caroliniana

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