FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Saxifraga hypnoides, mossy saxifrage

Saxifraga hypnoides; The Mossy Saxifrage is common all over Iceland, except for the most barren regions. It is an easily recognizable saxifrage. Unlike other white flowering saxifrages it has running shoots (purple saxifrage also has running shoots) and it has very narrow leafs (about 1 cm. long) - hence the name "mossy". It usually grows in rocky terrains. It is member of the saxifrage family (Saxifragaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Mosasteinbrjótur.

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