Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Siberian Springbeauty

On 19 March 2020, Erika and I found a new wildflower for our list—Claytonia sibirica—the Siberian Springbeauty. The genus is named for John Clayton, one of America’s first European botanists (1693-1773). (Sibirica refers to Siberian.) This spring wildflower grows from Siberia and Alaska south to northern California. The plant was introduced to Great Britain in the 1700s and is now widespread there and elsewhere in Europe. The stamens release pollen before an individual plant’s female reproductive organ, the pistil, is mature, assuring flowers don’t pollinate themselves. Self fertilization is generally genetically a poor idea. Springbeauties also can reproduce asexually by spreading runners from the parent plant.

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