FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Lychnis flos-cuculi, Ragged Robin

Lychnis flos-cuculi; the Ragged Robin, though common on the Brittish Isles and mainland Europe, has a limited distribution on Iceland. It is only found (rare findings disregarded) in the south of Iceland. To be more concrete in the Skaftafell region and along the south coast under the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdallsjökull. By comparison with common Lychnis alpina (Alpine Catchfly, it can easily be recognized by the deeply split corolla (flower leaves).
It is a member of the Pink family (Caryophyllaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Munkahetta.

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