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29. Micranthes eriophora (S. Watson) Small in N. L. Britton et al., N. Amer. Fl. 22: 142. 1905.

Saxifraga eriophora S. Watson, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 17: 372. 1882

Plants solitary or in groups, with bulbils on caudices. Leaves basal; petiole flattened, 0.5-2.5 cm; blade ovate to elliptic, 1-2 cm, ± fleshy, base attenuate, margins sharply serrate, sparsely to densely ciliate (some glandular-tipped), surfaces densely tangled, reddish brown-hairy abaxially, glabrous adaxially. Inflorescences 10+-flowered, (flowers often secund), very open, lax, often flat-topped thyrses with distant lateral branches, 6-25 cm, pink- to purplish-tipped stipitate-glandular. Flowers: sepals erect, triangular; petals white, sometimes purplish-tipped, not spotted, obovate to elliptic, not clawed or barely clawed, 4-7 mm, ca. 2 times as long as sepals; filaments linear, flattened; pistils distinct almost to base; ovary 1/3-1/2 inferior. Capsules purplish, valvate.

Flowering late winter-early summer. Rocky slopes and ledges; 1900-3000 m; Ariz., N.Mex.; Mexico (Baja California, Chihuahua).


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