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Micranthes micranthidifolia (Haworth) Small. Section: Micranthes. Branch-lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage, Mountain Lettuce. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: Wet soils of seepages, in the beds of high elevation brooks, brookbanks; rocky seepages. Dist: A Southern and Central Appalachian endemic: e. PA and WV, south to e. TN, w. NC, nw. SC, and ne. GA.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: This plant is gathered in considerable quantities as a spring green in the mountains of our area, and can sometimes be seen for sale in local grocery stores. The common name refers to the plant's habitat; ‘branches’ are mountain streams.

Synonymy: = FNA8, K3, K4, S, S13, Tn, Va, Brouillet & Gornall (2007), Tkach, Röser, & Hoffmann (2015); = Saxifraga micranthidifolia (Haw.) Steud. – C, F, G, GW2, K1, Pa, RAB, W, WV

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL

Heliophily: 3

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Edwin Bridges | Original Image ⭷

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