Claytonia megarhiza


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A member of  the purslane family, Claytonia megarhiza grows in rocks and screes at high elevations. An outstanding alpine plant it has a thick carrot-like root and forms a rosette of succulent spatulate leaves somewhat resembling a Lewisia. It is distributed sporadically throughout western North America as shown on this map.













 

Claytonia megarhiza flowers soon after snowmelt and can be seen early in the season in the screes on the south east slopes of Strawberry Mountain and later in the season on the north facing cliffs overlooking the John Day valley.






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