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Golden Saxifrage - Saxifraga chrysantha
Other Names:  Saxifraga serpyllifolia var. chrysantha

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: SU
C-value: 9

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General Description
Forming small, loose mats from a branched caudex. Stems prostrate to ascending, densely leafy at the base; fertile stems 1–4 cm, sparsely glandular. Leaves basal and cauline, glabrous, succulent, oblanceolate, entire, 2–7 mm long. Inflorescence a solitary flower. Flowers: calyx saucer-shaped, the lobes reflexed, 2–4 mm long; hypanthium <1 mm long; petals elliptic, 4–7 mm long, yellow; ovary mostly superior. Capsule 5–8 mm long.

Lesica (2012) treats this taxon as Saxifraga serpyllifolia Pursh var. chrysantha (A. Gray) Dorn (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
Rocky Mountains from MT to UT and NM.

Open, moist, gravelly soil on gentle slopes in the alpine zone.

  • 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.
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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