West Highland Flora

Mossy Saxifrage


Saxifraga hypnoides

 

Saxifraga hypnoides

Photo Carl Farmer
21 May 2003 Storr, Skye

Locally common on mountain scree and rock ledges, or in upland grass on thin soil.

Flower diameter c 10-20 mm

ID: Basal rosette leaves divided above the middle into three linear lobes pointing forward, as in LH picture below.

Other features: From these basal rosettes arise stems bearing 1-5 flowers.  It also puts out many non-flowering stems along the ground which often have bulbils.  The leaves of the flowering and non-flowering stems are mostly undivided.  Petals white without any coloured dots.

 

Saxifraga hypnoides

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye

Leaves at base of
flowering shoot

  Saxifraga hypnoides

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye
Flower 16 mm across

 

Saxifraga hypnoides

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye
 

A cushion of Mossy Saxifrage growing in scree


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