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Micranthes aprica


Higher Taxonomy
Family: SaxifragaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Common Name: SAXIFRAGE FAMILY
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: MicranthesView DescriptionDichotomous Key


Common Name: SAXIFRAGE
Habit: Plant generally +- hairy, often glandular; caudex or rhizome generally not woody, generally scaly. Leaf: basal (cauline); blade linear to (ob)ovate or +- round, base tapered to reniform, margin entire or toothed. Inflorescence: flowers few to many; bracts scale-like. Flower: generally radial; hypanthium free or +- fused to ovary; petals 5, white, sometimes with yellow spots at base; stamens 10, filaments flat or variously inflated; pistils 1 (chambers 2, placentas 2, axile or occasionally proximally axile and distally marginal) or 2, ovary superior to +- inferior (sometimes more superior in fruit), styles free throughout. Fruit: capsule or 2 follicles.
Species In Genus: +- 80 species: North America, Eurasia, South America, especially cool temperate northern hemisphere. Etymology: (Latin: small flower) Note: Intermediates common between Micranthes integrifolia, Micranthes nidifica, Micranthes fragosa, Micranthes aprica; some may be vegetatively reproducing, sterile hybrids. Study needed.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael S. Park
Reference: Elvander 1984 Syst Bot Monogr 3:1--44
Unabridged Reference: Small & Rydberg 1905 N Am Fl 22:132--150
Micranthes aprica (Greene) Small
NATIVE
Habit: Plant 5--7(13) cm; caudex generally with bulblets. Leaf: 10--45 mm; petiole 5--15 mm; blade obovate to elliptic, base tapered, entire or minutely toothed distally. Inflorescence: generally 1 head-like cluster at tip and sometimes 1--2 more nearby; pedicel +- glabrous to sparsely glandular. Flower: sepals +- spreading to erect, ovate; petals 1.8--3 mm, > sepals, generally ovate; filaments +- flat, narrowed at tip; nectaries disk-like, lobed; pistils 2, ovary > 1/2-inferior in flower. Fruit: 2 follicles. Chromosomes: 2n=20.
Ecology: Rocky, wet alpine meadows, vernally moist flats; Elevation: 1600--3600 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaRH, SNH; Distribution Outside California: southwestern Oregon, western Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Aug Note: Plants in KR transitional in size and inflorescence to Micranthes fragosa, Micranthes californica.
Synonyms: Saxifraga aprica Greene
Jepson eFlora Author: Michael S. Park
Reference: Elvander 1984 Syst Bot Monogr 3:1--44
Unabridged Reference: Small & Rydberg 1905 N Am Fl 22:132--150
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Citation for this treatment: Michael S. Park 2012, Micranthes aprica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=91926, accessed on August 18, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/, accessed on August 18, 2019.

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