Clarkia, Elegant;  Clarkia unguiculata

Late Bloomer.  Four pink unique shovel-shape-tipped petals, with red spot.  Named for Captain William Clark of Lewis and Clark expedition.

Notes:  Distinctive flowers are pinkish, often red at base.  The Maidu would dry, parch and pulverize some species of Clarkia seeds, then eat the meal dry or with acorn meal.

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Kingdom Plantae -- Plants
    Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants
        Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants
            Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants
                Class Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons
                    Subclass Rosidae
                        Order Myrtales
                            Family Onagraceae -- Evening Primrose family
                                Genus Clarkia Pursh -- clarkia P
                                    Species Clarkia unguiculata Lindl. -- elegant clarkia

Clarkia, Elegant  (Clarkia unguiculata)

Clarkia, Elegant  (Clarkia unguiculata)