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Moss Campion or Cushion Pink - Lambagras

Silene acaulis

Description:

Moss campion is a low, ground-hugging mountain plant found in the high arctic and tundra, and in the higher mountains of Eurasia and North America. It has bright green leaves arising from the base of the plant, and pink flowers borne singly on short stalks. In Iceland it is found on dry, often eroded soils from the coastal regions to the desert sands of the highlands.

Habitat:

Open rocky area on mountainside with some small bushes. At Lónsöræfi, a wilderness area in south-east Iceland

Notes:

In the past this plant was consumed in Iceland and in Arctic regions. The plant contains saponins which are toxic but are broken down by thorough cooking.

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11 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thank you Satyen :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

Beautiful first shot of the habitat Daniele!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Luis!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Beautiful spotting and photo!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

It did feel that way Jemma. Sometimes it was almost like being on a different planet. I felt very lucky to be able to visit there.

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

Seems like a far -away -dream land.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks staccyh! Jemma, Iceland is just south of the Arctic Circle, right next to Greenland, just about as far from Antarctica as you can get. About 11'000 miles.

staccyh
staccyh 5 years ago

great photos!

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

How far is it from Antartica?
BTW,There are no ants in Iceland, Greeland, and Antarctica.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Jemma! I'm not sure I'm getting your question right, you may have written the same word twice by mistake?

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

thanks for sharing these lovely spots.Iceland is closer to the Antartica,but not Antartica?

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Iceland

Lat: 64.43, Long: -14.87

Spotted on Jun 23, 2013
Submitted on Sep 16, 2013

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