Yellow Spotted White Saxifrage
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Yellow Spotted White Saxifrage
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Yellow Spotted White Saxifrage
Botanical name: Micranthes melanocentra    Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Synonyms: Saxifraga melanocentra, Saxifraga sulphurascens

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. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed enroute to Hemkund, Uttarakhand.

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