A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Rusty Saxifrage (Saxifraga ferruginea)

Ed’s Trail, Silver Star Mountain, WA 6/2013.

Ed’s Trail, Silver Star Mountain, WA 6/2013.

Three or four of the five petals on these small flowers are larger than the others and sport yellow dots.   The anthers are bright orange.   The leaves are oval and toothed.   The reddish central capsule is what gives the flower its common name. This seems to be the most common and versatile of the Saxifrages that we’ve come across.  We’ve found them in a variety of settings, from the rocky slopes near the top of Silver Star Mountain (above) to the high prairie near the Lookout Mountain trail head (below).

Lookout Mountain, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR, 7/2013.

Lookout Mountain, Badger Creek Wilderness, OR, 7/2013.

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