Micranthes species

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Scientific Name Micranthes odontoloma (Saxifraga odontoloma) USDA PLANTS Symbol
SAOD2
Common Name Brook Saxifrage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
517096
Family Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine. Wet areas in meadows, bogs, near steams.
Plant: Slender, delicate perennial up to 20 inches tall, leafless stem.
Leaves: Basal, blades more or less circular, 2 to 4 inches across with cordate base and indented or toothed edges; petiole 1 to 12 inches long.
Inflorescence: Ten or more small flowers in a loose panicle, each with a red calyx, 5 white petals and 10 white stamens with anthers turning red or orange.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and "A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Micranthes oregana (Saxifraga oregana) USDA PLANTS Symbol
SAOR2
Common Name Bog Saxifrage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
517097
Family Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine. Wet areas in meadows, stream banks.
Plant: Erect, stout perennial up to 12 to 18 inches tall, sticky, hairy, leafless stem.
Leaves: Basal linear to lanceolate leaves 2 to 8 inches long, fleshy, bright green with reddish, toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Many (30 to 50) small flowers in a cylindrical or conical cluster (thyrse), each about 1/2-inch across with 5 white oval petals, 5 pointed, reflexed (bent back) sepals.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Micranthes rhomboidea (Saxifraga rhomboidea) USDA PLANTS Symbol
SARH2
Common Name Snowball Saxifrage, Diamondleaf Saxifrage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
517099
Family Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine. Open, disturbed areas, meadows rocky slopes.
Plant: Erect, perennial up to 12 inches tall, sticky, hairy, leafless stem.
Leaves: Basal ovate to triangular-shaped leaves, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long, fleshy with toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Many (10 to 40) small cup-shaped blossoms in ball-shaped clusters about 1-inch across, each blossom with 5 white petals and green sepals; white stamens with yellow anthers.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native

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