Saxifraga occidentalis

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Lori S.
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Saxifraga occidentalis

Saxifraga occidentalis, is a welcome sight in the subalpine and alpine zone.  It is widespread in this area of the northern Rockies, and can be quite common in moist meadows where it may form loose colonies (as in the first photo), while also present in smaller numbers on drier ridges.  

      

  

 

(Edit:  Photos reloaded Nov. 9, 2014)

 

 

RickR
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is that red (seen best in the last pic) really the seed pod?  It seems so advanced yet even the stamens, let alone the petals, are not wilted!

And the myosotis looking blue in the first pic is...?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Yes, the red parts are the ovaries/seed pods.  They certainly add to the colour, moreso than the white-to-pinkish petals!  The myosotis is Myosotis asiatica.

I have finally learned to distinguish this species... I was erroneously calling them Leptarrhena pyrolifolia before!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Lori wrote:

Yes, the red parts are the ovaries/seed pods.  They certainly add to the colour, moreso than the white-to-pinkish petals!  The myosotis is Myosotis asiatica.

I have finally learned to distinguish this species... I was erroneously calling them Leptarrhena pyrolifolia before!

Understandable! They seem to be very similar from pictures anyway ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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Nice plant- cool to see them in the large colony..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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