West Highland Flora

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage


Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

 

Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Apr 2002 Portree, Skye

Common in damp shady areas

Lower leaves 1-2 cm diameter.  Flowers 3-4 mm

ID: Leaves opposite, round, bluntly toothed, stalked.  Flowers greenish-yellow with 4 (occasionally 5) sepals, no petals, 8 stamens.  Flowers lie on a rosette of stalkless greenish-yellow leaflike bracts.  The much scarcer Alternate-leaved Golden Saxifrage has larger leaves which are clearly and regularly toothed, and larger flowers.

Other features: Spreads by rooting stems to form extensive mats.

 

Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Apr 2002 Portree, Skye

 

Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Mar 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Inflorescence incl bracts 13 mm horiz

  Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Mar 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Whole head 16 mm widest diameter.

     

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