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Idaho Saxifrage - Micranthes idahoensis
Other Names:  Micranthes marshallii, Saxifraga marshallii, Saxifraga idahoensis, Saxifraga occidentalis var. idahoensis

Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Perennial from a simple rootstock. Stems solitary, scapose, 10–25 cm, glandular-hairy. Leaves basal (rarely 1 cauline), petiolate; the blade broadly ovate, truncate or rounded to the petiole, 1–4 cm long, prominently dentate, glabrous above, sparsely brown hairy beneath. Inflorescence glandular, spreading-paniculate. Flowers: calyx cup-shaped with lobes 1–2 mm long; hypanthium <0.5 mm long; petals obovate, white, 2–3 mm long with 2 yellow spots at the base; ovary superior. Capsule 2–4 mm long, follicle-like (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Lesica (2012) treats this species as M. marshallii.

Species Range

Range Comments
WA to MT south to CA (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Very shallow, usually moss-covered soil on rock outcrops in the montane to timberline zones.

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