FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Oxyria dygina, mountain sorrel

Oxyria digyna; the mountain sorrel is common all over Iceland. It prefers higher altitudes where it grows on dry rocky and gravelly soils. As a sorrel the round leaves are characteristic. The first photo shows an early blooming plant. Later the bloom-stems elongate considerably.
It is a member of the Dock family (Polygonaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is

Leaf shapes of the common sorrel species on Iceland Ólafssúra.

Rumex acetosa Rumex acetosella
   
Rumex longifolius Oxyria digyna

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Further developed plant
Close-up of inflorescence
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Further developed plant

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