Bulblet-Bearing Saxifrage
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Bulblet-Bearing Saxifrage
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Bulblet-Bearing Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga granulifera    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Saxifraga sibirica var. bulbillifera

Bulblet-Bearing Saxifrage is a perennial herb with stem simple or branched, 10-25 cm tall, glandular hairy, with 1-3 minute bulbils 0.2-0.5 mm in axils of stem leaves. Basal leaves are with leaf-stalk 1.5-2.5 cm, glandular hairy; leaf blade kidney-shaped to nearly round, 0.8-1 x 1-1.1 cm, margin 7-9-lobed; lobes broadly ovate to triangular-ovate, above hairless or sparsely glandular hairy, margin glandular hairy. Stem leaves are with leaf-stalk 0.3-3 cm; leaf blade kidney-shaped or broadly ovate to broadly round, 0.4-1 x 0.4-1.5 cm, glandular hairy, base kidney-shaped or wedge-shaped to flat, margin 5-7-lobed. Flowers are borne in corymb-like cymes, 2-10 cm, 1-10-flowered. Petals white or yellowish, narrowly obovate-wedge-shaped, 5-8 x 1.7-2.5 mm, 3-8 veined, base gradually tapered into a claw. Stamens 2.5-3 mm. Flower-stalks are slender, 0.5-3 cm, glandular hairy. Sepals are erect, ovate to narrowly so, 1.2-2.5 x about 1 mm, below and marginally glandular velvet-hairy, veins 3-5, not, partly, or fully confluent at tip, tip pointed. Carpels are fused proximally, 2.5-5 mm; ovary ovoid, 2-3 mm; styles about 1.3 mm. Bulblet-Bearing Saxifrage is found in the Himalayas, from Garhwal to Bhutan, SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3100-4300 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Marceau Coppée Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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