Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage

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Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage

Scientific name: Chrysosplenium oppositifolium
The flowers of Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage form 'trickles of gold' along riverbanks and streamsides in shady areas like wet woodlands.

Species information

Statistics

Height: up to 12cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

April to June

About

Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage is a moisture-loving plant that is found in any habitat near damp or wet places, such as by the side of shady streams and in wet woodlands. It is a creeping perennial that forms mats of golden-green flowers between April and June.

How to identify

Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage truly lives up to its name: look for paired, rounded, green leaves with small, golden flowers set among them. The flowers themselves actually lack petals, but are surrounded by their golden sepals and yellowish leaves.

Distribution

Widespread throughout the UK, but scarcer in Central and Eastern England.

Did you know?

Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage has a close relative called 'Alternate-leaved golden saxifrage' (Chrysosplenium alternifolium). The latter is less common, has rounder leaves on longer stalks, larger flowers and can be distinguished by the leaves being alternate up the stem, rather than opposite each other.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife news, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and will be helping local wildlife along the way.