Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1334

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common, endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it in crevices in exposed rock outcrops at high elevations, other rock outcrops (moist to rather dry), periglacial boulderfields, rocky seeps, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal (rarely any stem leaves)

FLOWER:
Summer
Whitish
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
10 stamens, barely exserted

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Hydatica petiolaris   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Saxifraga michauxii   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 094-14-001:
Saxifraga michauxii   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Hydatica petiolaris

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Micranthes petiolaris

 

COMMON NAME:
Cliff Saxifrage, Michaux's Saxifrage


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hype7_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm100626_032

June    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

The upper three petals each have two yellow spots, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm100626_035

June    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Leaves are coarsely serrate, obovate to oblanceolate, from 2-6" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Keith Bradley    kab_h_petiolaris_0754

June    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Tim Spira    tpsmpetiolaris2

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm0307g_17

July    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Our only Saxifrage with bilaterally symmetric flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm060723_104

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm060723_106

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Hairy perennial with most leaves in a basal rosette, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm060723_343

July    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

2 narrow spatulate petals and 3 wider stalked petals spotted with yellow, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm0308w_04

August    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Plant from 4-20" tall with a large open inflorescence, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm0311d_37

November    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Reddish-green leaves & stem and deeply toothed spatulate leaves, per Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm0311e_01

November    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm0311e_08

November    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway