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The Golden root (or rose root, roseroot, Aaron's rod, arctic root, king's crown, lignum rhodium, orpin rose) is a succulent plant which grows in cold regions such as the Arctic, the mountains of Central Asian, parts of eastern North America and mountainous parts of Europe. In Iceland it can be found almost everywhere except for some desert regions north of the Vatnajökull. It can not survive where sheep graze.
Rocky scrubby area between glaciers, volcanoes and flood plain, Skaftafell National Park (a protected area with no sheep grazing). Last shot shows the habitat.
About 140 different chemical compounds have been isolated from the roots of Rhodiola rosea, which are currently being investigated for their potential biological properties.