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Saxifraga mertensiana  Bong.
Wood saxifrage
Saxifraga mertensiana is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial

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

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSSaxifraga mertensiana var. eastwoodiae
Information about  Saxifraga mertensiana from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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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)

[pnwflowers.com] Description, Bloom Info, Habitat: Tuft of round leaves, stem erect. Leaves 1 to 4 in. across, with heart-shaped base, irregularly toothed, on noticeably hairy petioles. Flower stem has 1 to 3 leaves near base, widely spreading branches at top. Flowers white, in small few-flowered clusters, petals without spots. Flowers sometimes replaced by bulblets that make new plantlets. Grows in streambanks, on wet mossy rocks, at low to high elevations. Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer Life Cycle: Perennial Height: 6 to 16 inches Habitat: Moist Riverbanks, Subalpine, Alpine, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

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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: 04/16/2024).