Plants of the Castlemaine district
Miners Lettuce - introduced (*Claytonia perfoliata)
Other names: Montia perfoliata.
Family: Portulacaceae (Purslane family).
Native of North America.
Occurrence: Scattered environmental weed. It may be locally abundant.
- the leaves are rounded and encircle the stem
- it is a small plant, to about 10 cm
- the flowers are small and white.
It is a short-lived annual and dies down in summer. The unusual leaves make this a
distinctive plant. It has been used as a salad vegetable, and was
reputed to have been introduced to Australia by the Californian miners.
Photo 1: Miners Lettuce. Mt Alexander.
2: Dense patch of seedling leaves. These have not yet developed the rounded, stem-clasping leaves. 3: Miners Lettuce with adult leaves.
4,5: Miners Lettuce. Photos 2-5: Castlemaine Botanic gardens.