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Pink Purslane, Claytonia sibirica


Short description of Claytonia sibirica, Pink Purslane

Pink purslane is a low-growing, fleshy hairless plant with long-stalked oval basal leaves and stem leaves in sessile  pairs. It bears open cymes of pink or white flowers with four petals, each of which is deeply notched.

Description of Claytonia sibirica, Pink Purslane status in GB

Pink purslane is widespread, but most abundant in the north and west, not really invasive but still spreading slowly.

Habitat summary: Claytonia sibirica, Pink Purslane

In its native range, pink purslane grows in wet or moist woodland, espacieally along river banks. It occurs in similar habitats in GB, including on bedrock exposures and the margins of paths, but will also grow on gravel and cobble bars on larger rivers.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Russian Far East, Alaska, Aleutian Is., California
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.57
Date of first record: 1837

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

R.V. Lansdown

Last updated:

August 8th, 2011

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