Chrysosplenium tetrandrum

Golden Saxifrage

100 km North of Arran
07-July-02

Note that the arrow from label "fruit" points to one of two lobes forming an obcordate capsule.  Obcordate means heart shape with the point at the base (not pointing outward).

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Chrysosplenium Characteristics
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herbs

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low plants

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leaves and flowers clustered at tip of stem

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leaves reniform, crenate

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more than one flower

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petals missing

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hypanthium shallow, yellowish within

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capsule obcordate, 2-lobed, flattened

 
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Saxifragaceae Characteristics
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herbs

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land plants

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plants not parasitic on trees; rooted in soil or water

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plants with more than one pair of leaves

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leaves alternate; lower ones sometimes opposite

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leaves without stipules

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leaves orbicular or reniform

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flowers with only one floral ring, with sepals but not petals

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4 sepals

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ovary and fruit partly inferior

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ovary or its locules with many ovules

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fruit dry when ripe