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Leptarrhena pyrolifolia

Leptarrhena pyrolifolia (D. Don) R. Br. ex Ser.

Fireleaf Leptarrhena, Leatherleaf Saxifrage

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Synonym(s): Lepuropetalon amplexifolium, Saxifraga amplexifolia, Saxifraga calycina ssp. unalaschcensis, Saxifraga davurica var. unalaschcensis, Saxifraga pyrolifolia, Saxifraga unalaschcensis


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

A dense roundish cluster of tiny white to pinkish flowers atop an erect, nearly leafless stalk growing from a basal rosette of leaves.

This is the only species in the genus. Its dark green, persistent foliage and rusty red fruits that mature from the flowers make it an attractive plant. It has pistils totally separate from one another; similar species of Saxifraga usually have pistils joined to one another for at least 20 percent of their length or joined to the calyx for a similar distance.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , ID , MT , OR , WA
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Alaska south to central Oregon, northern Idaho, and western Montana.
Native Habitat: Wet places along streams, in meadows, or on mountain slopes.

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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Leptarrhena pyrolifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Leptarrhena pyrolifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Leptarrhena pyrolifolia


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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