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

Suksdorfia violacea A. Gray
violet suksdorfia
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #13395)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from scaleless stem-bases with many bulblets; stems 10-20 cm tall, glandular-hairy to long-hairy with some glands.
Basal leaves 1 to 3, often withered by time of flowering, kidney-shaped, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, coarsely lobed, the stalks slender; stem leaves similar, 3 to 5, the stalks reduced; stipules of stem leaves enlarged, especially upwards.
Inflorescence a 2- to 10-flowered terminal cluster, somewhat flat-topped; petals violet, occasionally almost white, 6-9 mm long, spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, slightly unequal, one often lobed; calyces narrowly bell-shaped, joined partly to ovary, 4.5-6 mm long, the lobes linear-lanceolate, about length of rest of calyx, nearly erect, the tips spreading; stamens 5, opposite the calyx lobes.
Capsules, 4-6 mm long; seeds brown, about 0.5 mm long, warty.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist rocky ledges, crevices and shady sandy places in the montane and subalpine zones; infrequent in SC and SE BC south of 52degreeN; E to AB and S to NW MT, ID and OR.

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.

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