Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1335

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common, endemic to the Central & Southern Appalachians

Look for it in wet soils of seepages, in the beds of high elevation brooks, brookbanks, rocky seepages, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal (rarely any stem leaves)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Whitish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
10 exserted stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Micranthes micranthidifolia   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Saxifraga micranthidifolia   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 094-14-004:
Saxifraga micranthidifolia   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Micranthes micranthidifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage


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image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mimi7_001_lvd

        

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm160323_072

March    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm080420_118

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Oblanceolate, serrate leaves long-attenuate at the base, often 8" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm140418_204

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm140418_204b

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm150423_462

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm150423_517

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm150423_522

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Blades of basal leaves sharply toothed, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm150423_526

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm0405k_11b

May    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm0405k_12

May    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Basal leaves oblanceolate to oblong, tapering to winged petiole, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm0505m_10

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Filaments strongly clavate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm160505_539

May    Jackson County    NC

Five oval, stalked petals, white with a yellow spot near the base, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Micranthes micranthidifolia, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Branch Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

JK Marlow    jkm160505_543

May    Jackson County    NC

Calyx tube absent; sepals 1.5-2.5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.