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Alpine Saxifrage - Micranthes nivalis
Other Names:  Saxifraga nivalis

Status Under Review
Undetermined Origin

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: SU

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General Description
Perennial from a simple rootstock. Stems solitary, scapose, erect, 3–8 cm, glandular-hairy. Leaves petiolate; blade obovate to ovate, 5–12 mm long, dentate toward the tip. Inflorescence few-flowered, glandular, globose-paniculate. Flowers: calyx cup-shaped with lobes 1.5–3 mm long, purplish; hypanthium 1.5–3 mm long; petals obovate, purple, 1–2 mm long; ovary at least 1/2 inferior. Capsule 3–7 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Circumpolar, south to BC, AB and MT (Lesica et al. 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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  • 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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    • Hawkins, P.H. 1903. The alpine flora of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 24 pp.
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