Red-Runner Saxifrage
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Red-Runner Saxifrage
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Red-Runner Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga brunonis    Family: Saxifragaceae (saxifrage family)

The name brunonis refers to Robert Brown, 19th century Scottish botanist. 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. Red-Runner Saxifrage is a herb 5-10 cm high which forms a creeping mat of pale green rosettes with loose panicles of yellow flowers. It has slender, red, leafless runners, terminating in a bud. Leaves are elliptic-lancelike. Yellow flowers appear 2-4 in corymbs. Petals 7 mm long, ovate. Stamens are like red dots carried on top of thin yellow filaments. Sometimes the stamens dropp outwards giving the impression of the yellow petals having a red dot each. Red-Runner Saxifrage is found in Temperate Himalayas (Sikkim to Kashmir), growing on boulders in moist and wet places at 3000-5000 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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