Claytonia virginica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Montiaceae
Genus: Claytonia L.

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Claytonia (Spring Beauty) is a genus of 26 species of flowering plants in the family Montiaceae, primarily native to North America, with a few species extending south to Guatemala in Central America, and northwest to northeastern Asia.

A number of the species were formerly treated in the related genus Montia.

Claytonia perfoliata, the species for which the term miner's lettuce was coined, is distributed throughout the Mountain West of North America in moist soils and prefers areas which have been recently disturbed. The species got its name due to its use as a fresh salad green by miners in the 1849 Gold Rush in California.


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  • Claytonia — Claytonia …   Wikipédia en Français

  • claytonia — ☆ claytonia [klā tō′nē ə ] n. [ModL, after J. Clayton ( c. 1685 1773), Am botanist] any of a genus (Claytonia) of small, spring flowering plants of the purslane family, with white and rose colored flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Claytonia — Clay*to ni*a, prop. n. [Named after Dr. John Clayton, an American botanist.] (Bot.) An American genus of perennial herbs with delicate blossoms; sometimes called {spring beauty}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Claytonĭa — (C. L.), Pflanzengattung, nach John Clayton benannt, aus der Familie der Portulaceae Calandrinieae, 5. Kl. 1. Ordn. L. Arten: krautartige, niedrige, nordamerikanische u. sibirische Pflanzen, z.B. C. tuberosa, ein von Gesner auf der Prince… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Claytonia — Clayto …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Claytonia —   Claytonia …   Wikipedia Español

  • Claytonia — Tellerkräuter Claytonia virginica Systematik Abteilung: Bedecktsamer (Magnoliophyta) Klasse …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Claytonia — noun genus of mainly North American succulent herbs with white or pink flowers usually in terminal racemes • Syn: ↑genus Claytonia • Hypernyms: ↑caryophylloid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Portulacaceae, ↑family Portulacaceae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • claytonia — noun Any plant in the taxonomic genus Claytonia. We may harvest a salad of mache, endive hearts, and claytonia. Syn: spring beauty …   Wiktionary

  • claytonia — /klay toh nee euh/, n. any of the low, succulent plants constituting the genus Claytonia of the purslane family, having basal leaves and long clusters of white or rose colored flowers. [ < NL (Linnaeus), named after Dr. John Clayton (1693 1773),… …   Universalium

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