|Claytonia exigua, aka Montia exigua aka Montia spathulata|
These are tiny succulents; the tallest this year were about 2 inches high. They're translucent, leaves, stems and all, and glow in the sunlight in colours from grey-green to a dusty pink with lime green tints, to a rose pink, to a deep violet, all looking good enough to eat.
|Another greyish pink plant, with flowers.|
The central "stalks" are basal leaves. The true stems are round, topped with two leaves cupping a clump of white flowers.
These look as if they would be a pretty addition to a salad. I wondered if they are edible, so I asked Google.
Yes! The plant is a member of the Portulaca (Purslane) family, of which many are edible and even delicious, and next, of the genus Montia, which includes Miner's lettuce, a good salad vegetable. Other names for Spring Beauty include "Indian lettuce" and sandcress. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
And now that I know that, I don't think I'll be sampling the next one I see. They're too tiny, too rare, and too beautiful to eat.