West Highland Flora

Pink Purslane


Claytonia sibirica

Older name: Montia sibirica

Claytonia sibirica

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Skeabost, Skye
Flower 13 mm across

A garden escape, naturalised here and there in woods or shady places on damp soils.

Flower diameter c 15-20 mm

ID: 5 pink or white petals, with darker veins, well-notched, at least twice as long as sepals.  Has many very long-stalked leaves from the base, and just two unstalked and opposite stem leaves.

Other features: 5 stamens with purple anthers.  Leaves somewhat fleshy.  Both white and pink forms occur in Skye.  Closely related to the very different Blinks.

 

Claytonia sibirica

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Skeabost, Skye

 

Claytonia sibirica

Photo Carl Farmer
11 May 2002 Inverness


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