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Chrysosplenium glechomifolium
Pacific golden-saxifrage, Pacific watercarpet

Distribution: West of the Cascades and mostly along the coast, British Columbia south to northwest California.

Habitat: Moist, usually swampy places, mostly at low elevations.

Flowers: Late March - May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, prostrate, mat-forming perennial, the stems dichotomously branched, freely rooting, up to 2 dm. long.


Leaves opposite, with petioles up to 2 cm. long; leaf blades oval to broadly ovate, their bases truncate to wedge-shaped, or reniform, with about 15-20 shallow, rounded teeth.


Flowers solitary in the upper leaf axils, on short pedicles, about 3 mm. broad; sepals 4, rounded; petals wanting; stamens 8.


Capsule 3-4 mm. long, carpels fused their length.

Accepted Name:
Chrysosplenium glechomifolium Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1: 589. 1840. 1840.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chrysosplenium glechomaefolium Nutt., orthographic variant [HC]
Chrysosplenium oppositifolium L. var. scouleri Hook.
Chrysosplenium scouleri (Hook.) Rose
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Chrysosplenium glechomifolium checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Chrysosplenium glechomifolium atlas page.

CalPhotos: Chrysosplenium glechomifolium photos.

USDA Plants: Chrysosplenium glechomifolium information.

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