[The Spring Beauties and Miner's Lettuce of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Cuban Spinach, Miner's Lettuce, Winter Purslane

Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana

Synonym: Claytonia perfoliata var. intermontana

Cuban Spinach, Miner's Lettuce, Winter Purslane: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana (Synonym: Claytonia perfoliata var. intermontana)

Cuban spinach as seen in the Labyrinth in the central Columbia River Gorge..........April 10, 2010. This species has flattened to suberect basal leaves like streambank springbeauty (Claytonia parviflora ssp. parviflora), but the blades are rhombic or ovate as opposed to linear in the latter species. The similar miner's lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata) has erect basal leaves with the blades oblanceolate, ovate or deltate.

Cuban Spinach, Miner's Lettuce, Winter Purslane: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana (Synonym: Claytonia perfoliata var. intermontana) - Cuban Spinach, Miner's Lettuce, Winter Purslane: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana (Synonym: Claytonia perfoliata var. intermontana) - Cuban Spinach, Miner's Lettuce, Winter Purslane: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana (Synonym: Claytonia perfoliata var. intermontana)

Cuban spinach as seen along the Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail (talus slopes above the trailhead)........March 16, 2017.

Cuban Spinach, Miner's Lettuce, Winter Purslane: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana (Synonym: Claytonia perfoliata var. intermontana) - Cuban Spinach, Miner's Lettuce, Winter Purslane: Claytonia perfoliata ssp. intermontana (Synonym: Claytonia perfoliata var. intermontana)

What appears to be cuban spinach as seen along the Memaloose Trail east of Mosier, Oregon..........March 27, 2015. If this isn't C. perfoliata ssp. intermontana, then it would be C. rubra ssp. depressa.

Paul Slichter