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Pussy Paws

Purslane Family (Portulaceae) Calyptridium umbellatum
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Pussy Paws © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty

Flower: Rose-pink to white pussy paw-like terminal clusters

Blooms: May to August

Leaves: Flat cluster of spatula-shaped basal leaves

Height: 2 to 10 inches

Stem: Prostrate red stem radiating from the center to the basal cluster of leaves

Pussy Paws © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty

Found: Common on disturbed areas and open mountain flats

Tidbits: Height of the plant, in contrast to length of stem often depends upon time of day. The stems tend to be prostrate during the cooler parts of the day. During the hotter times of the day, the stem raises the flower cluster above the hot exposed soil surface.


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