FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Geum rivale, water avens

Geum rivale; the water avens grows on Iceland in grasslands, heathers and on moist hill sides. It flowers during the Icelandic summer. Characteristic are the drooping flowering stems. Note also that the petals are standing straight up (not spreading!) on the flower base (that is pointing down because of the drooping inflorescence stems). It is a relatively rather tall herb growing up to 40 cm. It is a member of the rose family (Rosaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Fjalldalafífill.

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Closer view on a singular flower
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This is a very strange growth deformation of a mountain avens flower. These deformations are rare but do occur (sometimes called monstrous flowers). The picture has kindly been made available by Alison and Mike Bellhouse who saw it at Mývatn
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Strange growth deformation, photo by Alison and Mike Bellhouse from Mývatn

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