Common name: Yellow Spotted White Saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga melanocentra Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Saxifraga pseudopallida, Saxifraga gageana, Micranthes pseudopallida
Yellow Spotted White Saxifrage is a perennial herb with
pretty white flowers with reddish centers. Flowers are up to 1.5 cm across,
with petals about 8 mm long, elliptic to ovate. distinctly stalked. Each petal
has two yellow to orange spots towards the base. Carpel is deep red to
chocolate. Leaves are all at the base, 1-2 cm long, elliptic, narrowed to
a long stalk, coarsely toothed. Flowering stems are often branched above.
Yellow Spotted White Saxifrage is commonly found on screes and stony slopes
in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SW China, at altitudes of 3600-4800 m.
Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
|Photographed enroute to Hemkund, Uttarakhand.|