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Cascadia nuttallii  (Small) A.M. Johnson
Nuttall's saxifrage
Cascadia nuttallii is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found in Oregon and Washington.
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).
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~10 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Cascadia
Family: Saxifragaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Communities: North Coastal Coniferous Forest, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS

Alternate Names:
JEF + CNPSSaxifraga nuttallii
PLANTSSaxifraga nuttallii
Information about  Cascadia nuttallii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

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[intermountainbiota.org] Taxonomy History: Johnson placed Saxifraga nuttallii in his monotypic genus Cascadia based on the unusual habit, free carpels, and spiny seeds. Molecular phylogenetic data (M. E. Mort and D. E. Soltis 1999; Soltis et al. 2001) placed Cascadia as sister to the southern South American (Tierra del Fuego) Saxifragodes D. M. Moore, both sister to Micranthes. Mort and Soltis considered the ovary of Cascadia to be superior because the two carpels are distinct to their bases; the hypanthium, fused to each carpel, gives the ovaries a semi-inferior appearance. Ovules in Cascadia are bitegmic, as in Saxifraga; those of Micranthes are usually unitegmic. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/18/2024).