Diverse-Leaved Saxifrage   
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Diverse-Leaved Saxifrage
P Native Photo: Akshay Prashar
Common name: Diverse-Leaved Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga diversifolia    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Saxifraga lysimachoides, Saxifraga dunniana

Diverse-Leaved Saxifrage is a perennial herb, 16-43 cm tall. Stem is brown crisped hairy or hairless on the lower part, shortly glandular hairy on the upper part. Growth is clustered with basal leaves heart-shaped and long-stalked, 2.5-3.5cm long. Stem leaves are broadly-ovate, 2-3 cm long. Leaf shapes and sizes are however very variable as this is a polymorphic species varying considerably throughout its range. Flowering stems are 25-40 cm tall bearing at branch-end clusters of 7-9 decorative, golden-yellow flowers, petals 5-6 mm long. Sepals are reflexed, narrowly to broadly ovate, 3-4.2 x 1.3-3.5 mm, margin membranous, glandular fringed with hairs, tip blunt or pointed, rarely erose. Petals are yellow, elliptic, obovate, or ovate to narrowly so, rarely oblong, 5-8 x 2-5 mm, usually not callose, rarely 4-6-callose, 5-7-veined, base narrowed into a claw 0.5-1.3 mm, tip blunt. Stamens are 4-5.6 mm. Diverse-Leaved Saxifrage is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, S. Tibet, W. China, at altitudes of 2400-4800 m.

Identification credit: Akshay Prashar Photographed in Himachal Pradesh.

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