Micranthes virginiensis

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Early saxifrage
Saxifraga virginiensis full plant.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Saxifragaceae
Genus: Micranthes
Species: M. virginiensis
Binomial name
Micranthes virginiensis
(Michx.) Small
Synonyms[1]

Saxifraga virginica Nutt. (1818)

Micranthes virginiensis (Early saxifrage,[2][3] Virginia saxifrage) is a wildflower native to eastern and central North America.[4] It is a herbaceous plant, which can reach 30 cm tall (12 inches).[5]

This species flowers in the spring and is usually found growing on rocks, cliffs, or logs. The pubescent stem is thought to deter ground insects from reaching its flowers, which would be less effective for pollination than flying insects.

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