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Ascending Saxifrage - Saxifraga adscendens

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 6

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General Description
Biennial or short-lived perennial from a simple caudex. Stems erect, 1–10 cm, often branched at the base, glandular. Leaves short-petiolate, basal and cauline, 3–10 mm long, oblong, often shallowly 3-lobed, glandular-hairy. Inflorescence glandular, cymose, of 4 to 12 flowers. Flowers: calyx purplish, cup-shaped with lobes 1–2 mm long; hypanthium 2–3 mm long; petals white, 2–4 mm long, obovate with a short claw; ovary inferior. Capsule 3–5 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to OR, UT and CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 3

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Vernally wet, gravelly, sparsely vegetated microsites in turf, rock outcrops; alpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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