Year 2 – May 29, 2013 Red Maids


I was having hard time finding the name of this flower.  I am still not sure that I have the right name – although all indications show that this is Red Maids (other than the fact that it is NOT red.)

Red Maid or Calandrinia ciliata is a species of flowering plant in the purslane family known by the common name fringed redmaids. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to New Mexico, where it is widespread and common. It can also be found in parts of Central and South America. This is an annual herb which varies greatly in size from a small patch a few centimeters wide to an erect form approaching 40 centimeters tall. The linear or lance-shaped leaves are one to ten centimeters long and slightly succulent in texture. The inflorescence is a raceme bearing flowers on short pedicels. The flower has usually five deep pink to red petals, each up to 1.5 centimeters in length. There are two sepals at the base beneath the petals. This is a hardy plant well adapted to many habitat and climate types which is known as a minor weed (wikipedia, as usual)


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