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Marsh marigold - Hófsóley

Caltha palustris

Description:

The marsh marigold is plant of the family Ranunculaceae found in wet areas in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Its striking yellow flowers have no petals but 4-9 (mostly 5) petal-like sepals and many yellow stamens. In Iceland it is one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter.

Habitat:

Marsh area along a river. Nesting ground for greylag geese. Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, a Unesco World Heritage Site. See the geese and more marsh marigolds at: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/368...

Notes:

In Iceland this plant is found in the lowlands, but is sensitive to salinity. All parts of the mature plant are toxic. The toxin is protoanemonin (sometimes called anemonol or ranunculol), a toxin found in all plants of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).

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2 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Hi Akimz! I see that your mission is located in North America. This plant was spotted in Iceland.

Akimz
Akimz 7 years ago

Hello,

We would love to have this spotting be a part of our mission on the distribution of native and invasive look-alike buttercups. The marsh marigold looks similar to the lesser celandine and many people get them confused. Feel free to join!

http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1931...

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Iceland

Spotted on Jun 17, 2013
Submitted on Aug 30, 2013

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