Claytonia L.

Commemorating J. Clayton (1686–1773) English doctor and botanist.

Annual erect herbs. Leaves in a basal rosette, lanceolate to spoon-shaped or rhomboid, long-stalked. Flower cluster with two leaves below. Sepals persistent. Petals 5, free or shortly united at the base. Stamens 5. Ovary superior, ovoid, ovules 3. Stigmas 3 on a long style. Fruit a 3-valved capsule; seeds 3.

26 species mostly from N America but extending to E Asia.

Davis (1967).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Portulacaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Montiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Claytonia perfoliata Willd.