Streambank Spring Beauty

Streambank spring beauty (Claytonia parviflora) closely resembles its cousin, miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata): both plants have basal (arise from the base of the stem) leaves  and perfoliate (leaf surrounds the stem) cauline (stem) leaves as well as five-petaled white to light pink flowers. The most obvious difference: the basal leaves of streambank spring beauty are long and linear while those of miner’s lettuce have a broad distal blade. There are four subspecies of C. parviflora. This plant is edible as a green. I will often nibble a bit along the trail. These streambank spring beauty plants were growing along the Pacific Crest Trail above the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery (Shasta County CA).

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