E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Saxifraga rufidula (Small) Macoun
rusty-haired saxifrage (rustyhair saxifrage)
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from stem-bases with short rhizomes or bulblets; flowering stem 1, 10-20 cm tall, glandular-hairy.
All basal, egg-shaped to occasionally diamond-shaped, 4-10 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, coarsely and regularly toothed with 15 to 30 teeth, wedge-shaped to blunt at base, fringed, usually densely rusty-woolly below, stalks 4-8 cm long.
Inflorescence terminal, usually open, of several clusters of flowers, flat-topped; petals white, pink or green, 1.5-3.5 mm long, egg-shaped, clawed, deciduous; calyces joined to the lower portion of the ovary, free hypanthium present, the lobes egg-shaped, 1-2.5 mm long, spreading, reddish-hairy; stamens 10.
Follicles, 3-6 mm long, greenish to reddish-purple; seeds brownish, about 0.7 mm long, wrinkled lengthwise.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry rock outcrops in the lowland to alpine zones; frequent on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, rare on the adjacent mainland; S to WA, OR and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Saxifraga aequidentata (Small) Rosend.
Saxifraga klickitatensis A.M. Johnson
Saxifraga occidentalis subsp. rufidula (Small) Bacig.
Saxifraga occidentalis var. aequidentata (Small) M.E. Peck
Saxifraga occidentalis var. rufidula (Small) C.L. Hitchc.
Saxifraga tischii Skelly

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