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Sonoran Desert Plants
Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willdenow subsp. mexicana (Rydberg) J.M. Miller & K.L. Chambers (Miner's Lettuce)

Crater Range

 

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Carnegia gigantea

 Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willdenow subsp. mexicana (Rydberg) J.M. Miller & K.L. Chambers

 Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willdenow subsp. mexicana (Rydberg) J.M. Miller & K.L. Chambers

Habitat: near water
Life Form: forb,annual
Leaf Description: circular-perfoliate or lanceolatesimple,entire,smooth
Flower Color: white or whitish
Flowering Period: Feb. to May
Spines: spineless
Family: Montiaceae (miners lettuce family)
Abundance: locally common

Saguaro attracts many desert animals with its delicious red fruit, nectar and seeds. The seeds are rich in gamma-3 fatty acids and the sweet fruits are rich in vitamin C, flavonoids and minerals.

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Claytonia perfoliata Donn ex Willdenow subsp. mexicana (Rydberg) J.M. Miller & K.L. Chambers (opens in a new tab).

 

 

 

 

 

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