|Also known as Wood Saxifrage
- The leaves are simple with petioles four times longer than the reniform
or orbicular leaf blades.
- At the base of the petioles are membranous, well developed, fused
- The basal leaves often have small bulblets in their axils.
- The 3-10 cm diameter leaf blades are coarsely toothed and are usually
hirsute on the lower surface.
- The numerous flowers are in open, loose panicles which have some flowers
replaced with small bulblets;
- The five-parted, reflexed calyx is only basally fused;
- The claw-shaped, white petals remain on the plant after withering;
- The stamens have white filaments, with club-shaped, pink anthers sacs
and are equal in length to the petals;
- There is a yellow nectary between the stamens and ovary;
- the ovary is barely inferior and is terminated by two conical-shaped
styles 1-2 mm long;
- The pistil is composed of 2-3 carpels and develops into a capsule
fruit about 5 mm long;
- the fusiform, wrinkled, light-brown, 1 mm long seeds bear a wing-like
Herbaceous perennial arising from short stout rhizomes forming clumps; the 1.5-4
dm tall pubescent, purplish-glandular flowering stems are succulent and often
Southern Alaska southward to northwestern California and central Sierra Nevada
from the Cascade mountains to the Pacific Coast eastward through British Columbia
to northwest Montana southwestward through cental Idaho and northeastern Oregon.
Merten’s Saxifrage grows at lowland elevations up to montane communities.
It is usually found in moist places such as stream banks.
There is much variability within this species, some having some flowers replaced
by pink bulblets and others having only flowers with no bulblets.
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Photos and Information written
by Dr. Karl E. Holte,© 2002