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Saxifragopsis fragarioides

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Family: SaxifragaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb from caudex or rhizome, generally +- hairy. Stem: often +- leafy on proximal 1/2, rarely trailing and leafy throughout. Leaf: generally simple, basal and/or cauline, generally alternate, generally petioled; veins +- palmate. Inflorescence: raceme or panicle, generally +- scapose. Flower: generally bisexual, generally radial; hypanthium free to +- fused to ovary; calyx lobes generally 5; petals generally 5, free, generally clawed, generally white; stamens 3, [4], 5, 8, or 10; pistils 1 (carpels +- fused, ovary lobed, chambers 1 or 2, placentas generally 2(3), axile or parietal or occasionally proximally axile and distally marginal in ovary lobes) or 2 (carpels free, placentas marginal), ovary nearly superior to inferior, occasionally more superior in fruit, styles generally 2(3). Fruit: capsule (generally 2(3)-beaked, valves generally 2(3), generally equal) or 2 follicles. Seed: generally many, small.
Genera In Family: +- 30 genera, 600 species: especially northern temperate, arctic, alpine; some cultivated (Bergenia, Darmera, Heuchera, Saxifraga, Tellima, Tolmiea). Note: California Mitella moved to Mitellastra, Ozomelis, Pectiantia; Suksdorfia ranunculifolia to Hemieva. Parnassia moved to Parnassiaceae.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: SaxifragopsisView Description 

Species In Genus: 1 sp. Etymology: (Greek: like Saxifraga)

Saxifragopsis fragarioides (Greene) Small
Habit: Plant 10--25 cm, +- glandular; rhizome thick, woody, branched, scaly; bulblets 0. Leaf: basal and cauline, reduced distally on stem; petiole 1.5--4 cm, base expanded, membranous; blade 1.5--4 cm, obovate, jointed to petiole and falling from it, base tapered, teeth coarse. Inflorescence: panicle, +- open; flowers > 40, crowded near tips; bracts sessile, proximal often leaf-like, becoming linear distally. Flower: hypanthium partly fused to ovary; calyx lobes 2--3 mm, spreading to reflexed, elliptic to ovate; petals 2--3 mm, obovate, white to pink; stamens 10; pistil 1, ovary +- 1/2-inferior, chambers 2, placentas 2, axile, styles generally fused at base, at least in flower. Fruit: capsule.
Ecology: Rock crevices; Elevation: 1500--3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR; Distribution Outside California: southwestern Oregon, central Washington. Flowering Time: Jul--Sep
Synonyms: Saxifraga fragarioides Greene
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander
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Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park & Patrick E. Elvander 2016. Saxifragopsis fragarioides, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Saxifragopsis fragarioides
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