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|Family: Saxifragaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Saxifraga||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Saxifraga mertensiana Bong.
Habit: Caudex with bulblets. Leaf: 4--20 cm; petiole 2--15 cm; blade generally > 15 mm, +- round, divided < 1/4 to base, base generally cordate; lobes many, triangular to semicircular, each generally with +- 2--5 irregular teeth. Inflorescence: panicle, 15--30 cm, open. Flower: sepals reflexed, < petals, ovate to elliptic; petals 4--5 mm, ovate to elliptic; filaments generally widened distally; ovary superior. Fruit: purple. Chromosomes: 2n=48.
Ecology: Mossy rocks, cliffs; Elevation: < 2500 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, KR, NCoRO, n&c SN (uncommon); Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, Montana. Flowering Time: Feb--Jul Note: Proximal flowers seem not to be replaced by +- pink vegetative bulblets in California. Sometimes confused with Micranthes odontoloma, which has untoothed, triangular leaf lobes and 2-spotted petals.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Saxifraga hyperborea
Next taxon: Saxifragopsis
Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park 2017. Saxifraga mertensiana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=43374, accessed on January 17, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 17, 2017.