A mistake. I'm still confused, and the photos of these beautiful plants have been languishing on my hard drive. So here they are; Claytonias all, but different species.
|At the base of a log. The stem leaves are in pairs, joined like a collar around the seed clusters.|
On Twitter, a botanist and Claytonia lover, Tommy Stoughton, was very helpful. There are two different shapes of the stem leaves, he said: linear or spatulate (spoon-like). The basal leaves may be linear or egg-shaped (this is from E-Flora).
In different species of Claytonia, the stem leaves may be paired and fused along both margins (e.g. C. perfiolata), paired and half-fused (C. exigua), or completely separate (C. sibirica, aka Siberian miner's lettuce).
|These basal leaves are egg-shaped. The stem leaves underneath the seed clusters seem to be paired, but separate.|
|A tiny plant, definitely identified as C. exigua. The leaves are more elongated, and separate.|
|The common C. perfiolata? I don't see basal leaves, but the stem leaves are round, and joined to form a cup around the seeds.|
|So very pink! Round stem leaves, separate. Egg-shaped basal leaves.|
Now, I just have to wait until next spring to find some more, earlier so that I find flowers. And then, look more closely.