FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Succisa pratensis, Devil's-bit Scabious

Succisa pratensis; The Devil's-bit Scabious has a limited distribution on Iceland. It grows only in the southern and south-eastern coastal regions. It is fairly common though in the southern coastal regions where grows in grasslands, often on south-facing slopes. A rather similar species is Knautia arvensis (Field Scabious). This species is very rare though and can be distinguished from the Devil's-bit Scabious by its pinnatifid/pinnate leaves. The Devil's-bit Scabious has entire leaves (photo).
It used to be regarded as a member of the Teasel family (Dipsacaceae). Recently the members of this family were placed in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Stúfa.

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