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Spring Beauty: Claytonia caroliniana

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There is a correction in the scientific name of the pictured Spring Beauty in today’s previous post:  it is Claytonia caroliniana, not C. virginica.  Both species are found in the Northeast and their flowers are similar, but their leaves are not.  C. virginica‘s leaves are narrower and more grass-like than C. caroliniana‘s, and do not have petioles (which C. caroliniana‘s leaves do).  Thank you, Sue Elliott!

5 responses

  1. So glad to know about the different varieties of Spring Beauty. I puzzled over the difference in leaves while walking through carpets of what must have been both types in DC earlier this month. It also seemed some of the petals were pointed and some more rounded. Could that also be a varietal difference?

    April 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    • I am not aware of any petal shape difference between these two species, but there very well could be.

      April 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  2. John Wetzel

    There seems to be a insect of some type in the flower. Am I correct? If so, what is it?

    April 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    • A solitary wasp, species unknown to me!

      April 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

  3. Sandy DeRosa

    Ah! Now a lot of us can identify this wildflower. Beautiful.

    May 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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