Cushion Saxifrage
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Cushion Saxifrage
P Native Unknown Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Cushion Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga pulvinaria    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Saxifraga ciliata, Saxifraga imbricata

Cushion Saxifrage is a densely clustered plant forming firm cushions up to 50 cm across. Leaves are blunt, in tiny rosettes. Flowers occur singly, stalkless, white with yellow bases and violet anthers. Petals are obovate 3-4 rnm, margins wavy; sepals blunt, glandular-hairy. Rosettes are dense, about 5 rnm across; leaves oblong 2 mm, densely overlapping, bent back at tip. and with a white pit, lightly lime-encrusted. Cushion Saxifrage is found on rocks and stony slopes in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to E. Nepal, at altitudes of 4300-5200 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: D.S Rawat, Chris Chadwell Photographed in Paddar valley, Jammu & Kashmir.

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