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Plant Details

Micranthes micranthidifolia [= Saxifraga micranthidifolia]

Branch-lettuce, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

Scientific Name:

Micranthes micranthidifolia [= Saxifraga micranthidifolia]

Common Name:

Branch-lettuce, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

Plant Family

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

2

Light:

shade

Soil Moisture:

Hydric(*)

Bloom Time:

Apr - June

Bloom Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Wet soils of seepages, in the beds of high elevation brooks, brookbanks; rocky seepages. A Southern and Central Appalachian endemic (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

"Micranthes micranthidifolia (formerly Saxifraga micranthidifolia). This plant is gathered in considerable quantities as a spring green in the mountains of our area, and can sometimes be seen for sale in local grocery stores. The common name refers to the plant's habitat; "branches" are mountain streams." Weakley 2015

Habitat

mountain weeps

image

Tom Harville

Plant

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Tom Harville

Blooms

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Tom Harville
Apr 2011

Blooms Close up

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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