Moorcroft's Saxifrage
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Moorcroft's Saxifrage
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Moorcroft's Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga moorcroftiana    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Saxifraga reflexa

Moorcroft's Saxifrage is an erect perennial herb, 10-40 cm tall. Lower leaves are hairless, 3-5 cm long, elliptic to lanceshaped, base narrow, tip pointed, stalk 2-4 cm long. Stem leaves are 1-2 cm, decreasing in size up-wards, ovate, stem-clasping, glandular-hairy on margin. Flowers are yellow in clusters of 1-3 at the top. Flower-stalks and upper portion of stem are glandular hairy. Bracts are about 4 mm long. Sepals are 4-5 mm long, obovate, almost free, glandular-hairy. Petals are about 7 mm long, oblong-ovate. Filaments are slightly shorter than the petals. Styles are short, divergent, stigmas prominent. Capsule is ovoid, about 7 mm long. Moorcroft's Saxifrage is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, S. Tibet, W. China, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Tabish, J.M. Garg Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh.

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