Tufted Alpine Saxifrage, Tufted Saxifrage
Tufted alpine saxifrage ekes out a living on ledges and sandy or gravelly areas in alpine habitats.
Plants: Like many alpine species, plants are compact and densely tufted above ground, with short roots below ground. Plants may consist of single tufts or tussocks with many.
Leaves: Leaves are alternate, often dead or withered, ¼-½" (8-15 mm) × ⅛-³/₁₆" (4-6 mm), covered with short white hairs tipped with red glands. They are green, red, or purple; and may also appear yellow or orange due to rust fungus (Melampsora epitea).
Flowers: Flowers are white (sometimes reddish or yellowish), with five symmetric sepals or petals, about ¼" (6.3 mm) in diameter. A stem is 1¾-4" (5-10 cm) in height, almost leafless, and may contain a single flower, or a cyme of 2-5. Each flower has ten stamens. Flowers appears from July-August.
Fruits: Two-parted capsules with many seeds.
Saxifraga cespitosa on svalbardflora.no
Saxifraga cespitosa on luontoportti.com
Saxifraga cespitosa on the USDA Plants Database
Saxifraga cespitosa on Wikipedia
Saxifraga cespitosa from the Jepson Manual
Saxifraga cespitosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.