(Snowball Saxifrage)

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Micranthes rhomboidea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5316

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Micranthes rhomboidea, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 3815

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Micranthes rhomboidea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5288

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Micranthes rhomboidea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5298

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Micranthes rhomboidea, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 3816

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 (5000 to 14000 ft). 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.
Bloom Period: April to September.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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