Photo of the Week – Splendor of the Small

Tolmie's Saxifrage
Tolmie’s Saxifrage
Micranthes tolmiei, Saxifragaceae
Artist Point, Mount Baker Highway, Washington, United States
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
August 4, 2014

Here we have a delightful little Saxifrage from the alpine trails surrounding Artist Point in Washington. You have to really get down on your hands and knees to appreciate this plant as it is at most 8 cm tall with leaves between 3-10 mm. The flowers are attractive but not nearly as stunning as the purple mottling on these twin capsules (fruit).

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