Common name: Himalayan Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga parnassifolia Family: Saxifragaceae (saxifrage family)
Saxifraga is a large group of hardy perennial plants, of which a few are found
in Asia. The name is an old Latin name derived from saxum, a rock and
frangor, to break; the plant was thought to break stones in the
bladder. Himalayan Saxifrage is a herb 12 cm high. Stem is erect and hairy.
Basal leaves are crowded, 2-3 cm long; broadly ovate. Beautiful yellow flowers
appear 2-6 in corymbs (a flat-topped or convex cluster of flowers)
Distribution: Alpine Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim.
|Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand. |