Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

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Habitat Woodland

Is that a trickle of gold at the edge of that stream?

Like its close relative Alternate-leaved golden saxifrage (Chrysosplenium alternifolium - the main difference lies in how the leaves are paired. See "Identification" below) this acid-green wildflower loves to grow alongside running water and adds a splash of briliant colour to a stream, flush or bog.

It is the County Flower of Clackmannanshire, characteristic of the shaded, wooded glens cutting into the Ochils, such as Dollar Glen.

Identification

Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage tends to grow in creeping matts. It has a square stem and blunt-toothed, paired leaves (alternate-leaved golden saxifrage's alternate, as its name suggests). Unlike most saxifrages, it has no petals and only eight stamens.

Distribution

Most common in western Britain, growing scarcer as one travels east.

Habitat

By streams, in boggy woods, on wet mountain ledges. Wet, shady places. This wildflower is fond of acid soil whilst its alternate cousin prefers alkaline ground.

Best time to see

When it flowers March-May.