Calflora
Taxon  Report   7357    
Saxifraga cespitosa  L.
Tufted saxifrage
Saxifraga cespitosa
© 2011 Norman Jensen
Photos from
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Saxifraga cespitosa
© 2013 Scot Loring
Saxifraga cespitosa
© 2013 Scot Loring
Saxifraga cespitosa, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond, (questionable).
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Saxifraga cespitosa
© 2011 Norman Jensen
Family: SAXIFRAGACEAE  
Genus: Saxifraga
Communities: Meadows and seeps

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS

PLANTS spelling variant of Saxifraga caespitosa

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Saxifraga cespitosa ssp. cespitosa
More information about  Saxifraga cespitosa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

Saxifraga:  from the Latin saxum, "a rock," and frango, "to break," and referring to the fact that by growing in rock crevices they appear to break rocks (contributed by Cynthia Powell)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 17, 2018).

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