FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Honckenya peploides, sea sandwort

Honckenya peploides; the sea sandwort grows on sandy soils along the coast. Thus it can be found on beeches and dunes. It is common Iceland wherever there are sandy shores. It is known to prefer places where sand covers depositions from the surf like dead algae etc. for nutrition. Quite characteristic are the glossy dark green fleshy tiny leaves. It is a member of the pink family Caryophyllaceae. The Icelandic name of this species is Fjöruarfi.

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typical growth on the beach
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