Problems with Cultivation and Identification: Identification of plant on the Kitzsteinhorn, Kaprun, Austria
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I am struggling to identify this plant growing on a cliff on the Kitzteinhorn at about 3000 Metres. I thought it may be a Saxifrage and there was S oppositifolia growing on the same cliff. There's not much to go on as I was about 20 Metres away when I took the picture. Many thanks for any help.
Hi Mel, can you do a close up of it? At that disyance could be Saxifraga aizoides but there are other yellowish things about like Minuartia sedoides. Was it on limestone?
Hello Martin, I imagine that area is perhaps neutral acidity but I couldn't say for sure. I've zoomed in as much as I can without too much pixelation. I have also posted a picture of the Saxifraga oppositifolia in the same area. I have to say I thought it may be S azoides.
At least that's got close enough in to dismiss the Minuartia as a possibility, definitely a yellow saxifrage
Hello Martin, The only other species I thought it could be is Androsace vitaliana.
Certainly a sax', Mel ... definitely not the Androsace vitaliana. Maybe Adrian Young could confirm the species?
Hi Mel. I think this is probably a tight form of Saxifraga exarata although I can't see the leaves and it could be S. sedoides, S. aphylla, S. muscoides or S. seguieri. These little yellowish-flowered high-level mossies of the Alps are not easy to tell apart, but differ in leaf shape. They are neglected in the garden but make excellent trough plants. I am including a picture of a laxer form of S. exarata from the Sella Pass, but it can be as tight as your picture.