Photographer: Robert R. Kowal
Claytonia caroliniana Michx.
Carolina spring-beauty, spring-beauty
Claytonia: named for John Clayton (1686-1773), Clerk to the County Court of Gloucester County, Virginia from 1720 until his death, one of the earliest collectors of plant specimens in that state, and described as the greatest American botanist of his day.
caroliniana: from Carolinas
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 3"-6" tall forb; from rounded, vertical, thickened corms|
|Flower: ||pink, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, stalked, stamens opposite the petals; inflorescence a loose, terminal cluster (raceme); blooms April-June|
|Leaf:||one pair on the stem, leaf and stalk 3-8 times as long as wide, stalk obviously distinct from the wider leaf|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture; woods, forests|