Delaware Wildflowers • Months

Narrowleaf Springbeauty
Claytonia virginica var. virginica
Portulacaceae — Purslane family
Native
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
White Clay Creek State Park -- Judge Morris Estate
April 2001
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
White Clay Creek State Park -- Thompson Station Road
April 2005
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
The fern is christmas fern.
Red Clay Creek
May 2011
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
The yellow color is very unusual. Variations in the number of petals are more common, as shown below.
Middle Run Valley Natural Area
April 2009
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
Four petals and four stamens.
Middle Run Valley Natural Area
May 2012
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
A normal flower with five petals and five stamens. The style would be three-lobed when mature.
Middle Run Valley Natural Area
April 2009
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
Six petals and six stamens. Only one stamen appears to be fully developed.
White Clay Creek State Park -- Creek Road
April 2012
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
Seven petals, at first glance, but perhap actually five, two of which are two-lobed. Only three stamens. This shows the fully developed three-lobed style.
White Clay Creek State Park -- Thompson Station Road
April 2012
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
Eight petals and eight stamens.
White Clay Creek State Park -- Creek Road
April 2012
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
Looks like a lot of petals, but the one at lower left on the middle flower is clearly three-lobed. I think there are actually just five petals.
White Clay Creek State Park -- Possum Hill
April 2010
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
Looks like two flowers grown together, with two pistils, nine stamens, nine petals...

Narrowleaf Springbeauty
...and three sepals. (Two is normal.)
White Clay Creek State Park -- Creek Road
May 2015
Narrowleaf Springbeauty
A normal flower with two sepals.
Woodlawn Tract
April 2016

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