SAXIFRAGACEAE - Saxifrage Family

Perennial herbs

Leaves alternate, without stipules, various shapes

Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, in racemes or cymes, usually perigynous

Seed with small embryo surrounded by endosperm

40 genera, 700 species

Closely related to Crassulaceae. Saxifrage means breaker of stones, bublets in the leaf axil of Saxifraga cernua were used to treat kidney stones

Economic importance: garden ornamentals

Diagnostic characteristics: perennial herbs, flowers 5-merous, perigynous