Micranthes californica

(Greene) Small

in N. L. Britton et al., N. Amer. Fl. 22: 140. 1905,.

Common names: California saxifrage
Basionym: Saxifraga californica Greene Pittonia 1: 286. 1889
Synonyms: Micranthes parvifolia (Greene) Small Saxifraga fallax Greene Saxifraga hallii A. M. Johnson Saxifraga parvifolia Greene Saxifraga virginiensis var. californica (Greene) Jepson
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 64. Mentioned on page 51, 69.

Plants solitary or in clumps, with bulbils on caudices, or rhizomatous. Leaves basal; petiole flattened, 2–5 cm; blade ovate, 2–7 cm, fleshy, base attenuate, margins serrate, rarely subentire, ciliate, surfaces hairy. Inflorescences 20+-flowered, (flowers often secund), open, lax thyrses with distant lateral branches, 15–30(–40) cm, purple-tipped stipitate-glandular. Flowers: sepals reflexed, sometimes spreading, triangular to ovate; petals white, not spotted, elliptic to oblong, clawed, 2.5–4.5 mm, longer than sepals; filaments linear, flattened; pistils connate to 1/2 their lengths; ovary 1/2+ inferior, appearing superior in fruit. Capsules purplish, folliclelike.

Phenology: Flowering winter–early spring.
Habitat: Shaded fields, rocky or unstable slopes, stream banks
Elevation: 0-1500 m


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Calif., Oreg., Mexico (Baja California).


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Lower Taxa

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Luc Brouillet +  and Patrick E. Elvander† +
(Greene) Small +
Saxifraga californica +
California saxifrage +
Calif. +, Oreg. +  and Mexico (Baja California). +
0-1500 m +
Shaded fields, rocky or unstable slopes, stream banks +
Flowering winter–early spring. +
in N. L. Britton et al., N. Amer. Fl. +
Micranthes parvifolia +, Saxifraga fallax +, Saxifraga hallii +, Saxifraga parvifolia +  and Saxifraga virginiensis var. californica +
Micranthes californica +
Micranthes +
species +