Chrysosplenium iowense (Golden Saxifrage) - photos and description

 

 


15 cm ruler for scale

 

 

General: Small, erect plants with golden flowers at stem tips. Plants glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers with yellowish-green sepals, the outer pair often wider than the inner pair, we observed 4 to 8 stamens. Flowers to 5 mm in diameter.

Leaves: Leaves alternate on stem and a cluster at stem tip, reniform, crenate, we measured them at 15 mm wide, 10 mm long.

Height: Height is listed in Flora of Alberta to 15 cm, we measured plants to 9 cm tall.

Habitat: Shady, wet woods in the boreal forest.

Abundance: Extremely rare, ranked as an S1 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

How to identify this species of Chrysosplenium: According to Budd's Flora, and Flora of Alberta, 2-8 stamens and a wider pair of outer sepals distinguish this plant from C. tetrandrum which has 4 stamens.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken June 4th, and June 11th grassy area next to streamlet, mixed white spruce - aspen woods, Porcupine Hills, about 450 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.