Regularity: Regularly occurring
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Micranthes aprica
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Micranthes aprica
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked
Micranthes aprica is a species of saxifrage known by the common name Sierra saxifrage. It is native to the high mountains of California, including the Sierra Nevada and the southern Cascade Range, and adjacent slopes in southern Oregon and western Nevada. It grows in mountain habitat in areas of alpine climate, such as meadows and next to streams of snowmelt. It is a perennial herb which spends most of the year in a dormant state in order to save water, and rarely flowers. It produces a small gray-green basal rosette of toothed oval leaves up to about 4 centimeters long. When it does bloom, it sends up an erect inflorescence on a peduncle several centimeters tall topped with a cluster of flowers. Each flower has five sepals, five small white petals, and a clump of whiskery stamens at the center.
- Norman F. Weeden (1996), A Sierra Nevada Flora (4th ed.), Wilderness Press
- Jackson, L. E. and L. C. Bliss. (1984). Phenology and water relations of three plant life forms in a dry tree-line meadow. Ecology 65:4 1302-14.
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