YELLOW SAXIFRAGE

Saxifraga aizoides

Saxifrage Family [Saxifragaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
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flower
flower8yellow
flower
flower8orange
inner
inner8orange
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
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July, east side of Schiehallion, Scotland. Photo: © Gordon Anderson
A low mat-forming plant of wet lime-rich mountainous areas.


July, east side of Schiehallion, Scotland. Photo: © Gordon Anderson
Differs from Marsh Saxifrage in having much smaller flowers (only 5-10mm rather than 25mm) and in having more flowers on each stem.


July, east side of Schiehallion, Scotland. Photo: © Gordon Anderson
Like Marsh Saxifrage, the petals are covered in small orange dots. The fruit has two tapering projections (centre right).


July, east side of Schiehallion, Scotland. Photo: © Gordon Anderson
Marsh Saxifrage has red hairs on the stalks which Yellow Saxifrage lacks, it is just sparsely hairy.


July, east side of Schiehallion, Scotland. Photo: © Gordon Anderson
An un-opened flower bud.


July, east side of Schiehallion, Scotland. Photo: © Gordon Anderson
The rosette of leaves. There are also toothed and narrow stem leaves (not shown).


Easily mis-identified as : Marsh Saxifrage (Saxifraga hirculus) which also grows on mountains, but that prefers an acidic environment rather than limey.

Some similarities to : Caucasian Saxifrage (Saxifraga cymbalaria) which is also yellow, but lacks the orange spots and is an untroduced alien, growing as weeds in gardens.

Inhabits wet or moist lime-rich places on mountains. This is much more common than the other yellow-flowered mountainous saxifrage Marsh Saxifrage (Saxifraga hirculus) which inhabits marshy grassland on moors.

Further photos welcome.


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YELLOW SAXIFRAGE

Saxifraga aizoides

Saxifrage Family [Saxifragaceae]