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Tufted Saxifrage - Saxifraga cespitosa
Other Names:  Saxifraga caespitosa

Native Species

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


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General Description
Forming small cushions from a branched caudex clothed in old leaves. Stems ascending, glandular, 1–10 cm. Leaves cauline and mostly basal, glabrous to pubescent, narrowly oblong, 3–15 mm long, 3-lobed with an indistinct petiole. Inflorescence a few-flowered, glandular cyme. Flowers: calyx campanulate with lobes 1–2 mm long; hypanthium ca. 2 mm long; petals white or rarely purple, oblanceolate, 3–5 mm long; ovary inferior. Capsule 4–7 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumpolar south to CA, NV and NM (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 12

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Habitat
Dry to moist sparsely vegetated soil of rock slides, boulder fields, crevices, turf; alpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
  • 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.
    • Hawkins, P.H. 1903. The alpine flora of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 24 pp.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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