Saxifraga pensylvanica L. - Swamp Saxifrage


 

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Saxifraga pensylvanica - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Saxifragaceae

Habitat

Wet meadows, swamps and bogs. Also in calcareous springy places.

Associates

 

 Distribution

ME west to MN, south VA to MO.

Morphology

 

Herbaceous perennial to 1 m. Leaves all basal, entire to glandular denticulate or remotely serrulate, sparsely hairy. Flowers numerous in a paniculate inflorescence on a long scape; petals greenish-white to purple, 2-3 mm, with 1 or 3 nerves; sepals reflexed at anthesis.

Notes

Flowers May to June

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland

The leaves of this species are reputedly edible.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Peterson, L. A. 1977. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America

Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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