Claytonia sibirica L.
FamilyPortulacaceae — APG family: Montiaceae
SynonymsClaytonia alsinoides Sims, Claytonia asarifolia Bong., Limnia asarifolia (Bong.) Rydb., Limnia sibirica (L.) Harv., Montia sibirica (L.) How., Claytonia unalaschkensis Fisch., Limnia alsinoides (Cham.) Rydb.
DescriptionPlant with a slender rootstock; basal leaves several, long-petiolated, broadly to narrowly ovate to rhombic or subreniform, mostly acute or somewhat so; stems several; stem leaves 2, opposite, broadly ovate; raceme many-flowered, open, with 1 to few bracts; sepals ovate; petals obcordate, pink, white, or white with pink lines.
EcologyMoist, shady places; common along coast. Described either from Bering Island or from Kayak Island, Alaska. Occurs rarely as an introduced weed in Europe.
UsesThe leaves are eaten raw or boiled by natives.
Hultén's Flora About

This is a digital representation of Eric Hultén’s ‘Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories: A Manual of the Vascular Plants’, which was published by Stanford University Press in 1968. The book was digitized by C. Webb (at UAMN) as part of the Flora of Alaska project, with funding by the US NSF (Grant 1759964 to Ickert-Bond & Webb), and with permission of Stanford University Press. Data and images © 1968 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. Univ. Usage licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. NB: You may find OCR errors; please refer to the hard-copy if in doubt.