FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Angelica archangelica, garden angelica

Angelica archangelica; The garden angelica is a large herb (up to almost 2 meters) that is quite common on Iceland. It can be found most often along creeks and rivers but it also grows on other fertile places. It is closely related to the wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris) which is also common on Iceland. The garden angelica has spherical inflorescences where the wild angelica has flat inflorescences. and has coarser leaf forms in comparison to the wild angelica. The garden angelica grows both in lowlands and highlands where the wild angelica is more or less restricted to lowland regions. It is a member of the Carrot family ( Apiaceae = Umbelliferae). The Icelandic name of this species is Ætihvönn.

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