FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Minuartia rubella, Mountain Sandwort, Melanóra

Minuartia rubella; The Mountain Sandwort is a low ground-spreading herbal species.
  - The stems spread horizontally. Like Minuartia biflora they are beset with glandular hairs. In the leaves 3 veins can be recognized. They are linear; like all members of the Pink family (Caryophyllaceae) they are placed opposite along the stems.
  - The flowers have 5 white petals (about as long or slightly shorter than the sepals). They have 10 stamens with a single pistil with 3 stigma's. Very characteristic are the brown-purple pointed sepals.
  - It is common on Iceland. It grows both on sandy soils as well as gravel/stony grounds. One can find it both on lower as well as higher altitudes all around Iceland.
  - It is a member of the Pink family (Caryophyllaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Melanóra.

A brief introduction to Iceland plants
Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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Other Pink family members

Other Pink family members

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Natural History of Iceland Site  in Dutch

Natural History of Iceland Site  Dutch