Prostrate, mat-forming, semi-shrub from a rhizome and branching stolons; flowering stems erect to ascending, 5-20 cm tall, smooth or sparsely soft-hairy in grooves along the stem.
Evergreen, smooth, dead leaves withering and persistent for many years; basal leaves numerous, crowded in thick tufts, 7-20 mm long, the narrowly wing-margined stalk about as long as the fan-shaped blade, which is two- to three-times 3-dissected, the ultimate segments linear-lanceolate, sharp-pointed, ribbed below, grooved above; stem leaves alternate, similar but smaller.
Inflorescences dense, narrow, bracted, erect, terminal clusters, 1-7 cm long, of several to many short-stalked flowers; corollas white, saucer-shaped, the petals 5, egg- to spoon-shaped, 3-4 mm long; calyces 5-lobed, the lobes triangular, about 2 mm long; ovaries superior; stamens about 20.
Follicles, 4-5 mm long, short-stalked, somewhat leathery, smooth or sparsely silky-hairy along the ventral suture; seeds 4, spindle-shaped.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|AT(53), BAFA(79), CMA(78), CWH(31), ESSF(823), ICH(1), IMA(51), MH(225), SBS(2), SWB(13)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Saxifraga pectinata Pursh, non Schott, Nyman & Kotschy