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Chrysosplenium tetrandrum
northern golden-saxifrage

Distribution: In Washington known only from the north-central part of the state: Alaska south to Washington, east to Montana and Colorado in the U.S., east across Canada to the Atlantic Coast; circumpolar.

Habitat: Rock crevices and wet banks and slopes, high elevations in our area.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


Glabrous, stoloniferous perennial, the trailing stems up to 1.5 dm. long, branched and turned up at the tips.


Leaves alternate, chiefly basal or clustered toward the stem ends, with slender petioles up to 2 cm. long; leaf blades oval or reniform, 5-10 mm. broad, with 3-7 broad, rounded teeth.


Inflorescence of few-flowered clusters at the branch tips; flowers about 3 mm. broad, the 4 calyx lobes oval, petals none, stamens 4.


Capsule about 4 mm. long, the 2 carpels fused over half their length.

Accepted Name:
Chrysosplenium tetrandrum Th. Fr.
Publication: Bot. Not. 1858: 193. 1859. 1859.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chrysosplenium alternifolium L. ssp. tetrandrum (Th. Fr.) Hultén
Chrysosplenium alternifolium L. var. tetrandrum (Th. Fr.) N. Lund ex Malmgren
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Chrysosplenium tetrandrum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Chrysosplenium tetrandrum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Chrysosplenium tetrandrum information.

E-Flora BC: Chrysosplenium tetrandrum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Chrysosplenium tetrandrum photos.

USDA Plants: Chrysosplenium tetrandrum information.

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