Streambank springbeauty, Indian lettuce
The Pacific states, and the states adjacent
Between 2 and 12 inches
Granite or sandstone slopes, alluvial fans, canyons, disturbed ground; generally moist locations, sea level to 6,500 feet
Hairless, green or pinkish; variously linear, lanceolate, spatulate or perfoliate; the longest up to 4 inches
Basal leaves of claytonia parviflora are differently-shaped to those on the stems, and plants are variable across the geographic range; four subspecies have been identified. Ssp viridis, of the Mojave Desert and other parts of south California, has stem leaves which are linear (usually), or divided into two ovate leaflets, and linear basal leaves. Ssp utahensis has spatulate basal leaves and perfoliate stem leaves; the stem passes through the center of the leaf. This variety occurs across much of Nevada, south California, and small parts of Utah and Arizona. The other two subspecies usually have linear or string-like basal leaves and perfoliate stem leaves; these are the widespread ssp parviflora, and the less common ssp grandiflora of the Sierra Nevada foothills, which produces larger flowers than the other three; up to half an inch in diameter compared with less than a quarter of an inch.
For all subspecies, the inflorescence is a elongated, bracted cluster of tiny flowers, which have pale green sepals and white or pale pink petals.