Slender-Stem Saxifrage
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Slender-Stem Saxifrage
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Slender-Stem Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga filicaulis    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Hirculus filicaulis, Saxifraga mairei

Slender-Stem Saxifrage is a branched annual herb with tufted growth, 7-10 cm high. Stems are glandular-hairy to hairless, slender and wiry. Leaves are numerous, 5-6 mm long, alternate, sessile, linear-lanceshaped, sparsely ciliate, surfaces usually hairless, tip spiny. Bulbils are present in leaf axils. Flowers are bright yellow, solitary, at branch ends. Sepals are about 3 mm long, ovate. Petals are 7 mm long, ovate, base clawed. Styles are slender, 3 mm long, divergent; stigma headlike. Slender-Stem Saxifrage is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, Tibet, and W. China, at altitudes of 2700-3800 m. Flowering: June-October.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh
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