Saxifraga flagellaris

(Whiplash Saxifrage)

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Saxifraga flagellaris, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5669

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Saxifraga flagellaris, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5608

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Saxifraga flagellaris, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5619

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Saxifraga flagellaris, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5676

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Saxifraga flagellaris, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5774/5814

Scientific Name Saxifraga flagellaris USDA PLANTS Symbol SAFL6
Common Name Whiplash Saxifrage ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 24268
Family Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine (11500 to 14000 ft.); moist turf, scree, often in shaded sparsely vegetated soil.
Plant: Biennial or short-lived perennial with reddish tentacle-like stolons; solitary clumps of single erect stems up to 6 inches tall with glandular hairs.
Leaves: Fleshy basal rosette and alternate stem leaves, sessile; blades elliptic-obovate, 1/4 to 3/4-inch long; smooth surfaces and edges smooth or with glandular hairs.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 1 to 3, or as many as 5, flowers with 5 broad obovate yellow, not spotted petals; sepals elliptic or oblong-ovate with hairy glands and purplish tips.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and Montana Field Guide.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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