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Dolomites, Italy

Observed: 12th July 2012 By: JanetHigginsJanetHiggins’s reputation in PlantsJanetHiggins’s reputation in PlantsJanetHiggins’s reputation in PlantsJanetHiggins’s reputation in Plants

Please identify the green succulent plant in the background with white/green flowers.

    Likely ID
    Saxifrage (Saxifraga sp.)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

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vheng's picture

Sedum or Saxifrage

Looks like one of the two families...

lavateraguy's picture


It is a member of Saxifragaceae, not Crassulaceae. You can tell this by the two styles fused at the base.

If you key it out in Stace you end up at Saxifraga. There don't seem to be additional genera present in Europe to confuse the issue, but European species may not conform to Stace's key. I looked up a book of alpine flowers, but there didn't see a convincing match - the nearest was Saxifraga diapensioides.

Cushion saxifrage would seem to do as imprecise identification - there may be a sectional name for this.

What looks different from the usual run of saxifrages (and Saxifraga diapensioides) is the broad sepals and narrow petals.