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Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage

Chrysosplenium alternifolium

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Saxifragales
Family:
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, riversides, wetland, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, no petals
 
The flowers are lime green and have 5 stamens. The central flower has 4 or 5 lobes. Each flower has 2 styles, both being fused together at their bases. Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium) is a similar-looking flower but has larger flowers with glossier bracts. Both species are often found growing together. Pollinated by beetles and flies.
Fruit:
A capsule. The seeds are very dark brown or black.
Leaves:
A mat-forming perennial flower with alternate, stalked leaves. The leaves are more heart-shaped and clearly toothed than Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage. Also, Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage is less mat-forming and has a taller, more triangular stem. The best way to distinguish Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage from Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage is that the leaves of Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage are notched rather than wavy-edged. Also the stems of Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage are triangular in cross-section, whereas those of Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage are square in cross-section.
Other Names:
Alternate-leaf Golden Saxifrage, Golden Saxifrage, Iowa Golden Saxifrage.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
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