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Friday, August 30, 2013
Iceland - Wild Flowers
Merja sent me these two covers with the nice stamps on them. Iceland has many varieties of wild
flowers. Four of these are shown on this cover at right dated 15.7.1964, and two on the cover at left dated 17.1.1968 They are :
50a on both covers. The mountain avens is
a common plant in heathers and gravely/sandy soils. It can be found almost
everywhere on Iceland. It is model plant for paleobotany. Presently the species
occurs in the subarctic regions and on the high mountains of central Europe and
the Scottish/Welsh mountains etc.. From pollen research it is known to have
been widespread through the lowlands of Europe during the glacial periods. The
flowers are quite conspicuous but so are the maturing fruits with the spirally,
hairy tufts of the maturing fruit (see photo of maturing fruits)
It is a member of the rose family
1.00kr. The meadow buttercup grows
both in lowlands in drier meadows and meadows and pastures as well as in the
highlands in snow beds. The photo was shot in spring showing early flowers.
Later the flowers grow on upright stems. The other similar common buttercup is
the creeping buttercup (R. repens) differs in having compound
leaves where as the meadow buttercup has hand-shaped deeply incised but entire
leaves. Other buttercups which are common on Iceland have small leaves and grow
generally on damp/wet places.
It is a member of the buttercup family
1.50kr.Bogbean is a beautiful
perennial plant with trefoil leaves and spikes of pink and white fringed
flowers. It grows mainly in bogs and marshes in cold water. Early Native
American Indians boiled the root and stems for spitting blood and other
internal problems. Colonists used the leaves as a cathartic and a remedy for
constipation, fevers, rheumatism, scurvy, scabies, and dropsy. They also used
it to treat skin diseases, jaundice, and intestinal worms.
2.00kr. The white clover is
a common species of grasslands, roadsides, home gardens etc. The flowers are
generally white but occasionally they may have a reddish color. It is a member
of the Pea family.
2.50 kr. Vicia cracca (tufted
vetch, cow vetch, bird vetch, boreal vetch),
is a species of vetch native
to Europe and Asia. It occurs on other continents as
an introduced species, including North America, where it is a
common weed. It often occurs in disturbed habitats, including old-fields
and roadside ditches.
plant is fast-growing and flowers prolifically, sending out
one-sided racemes of cascading pea-flower shaped purple to
violet flowers from the leaf axil during its late spring to late
summer flowering period. The flowers drop off and tiny bright green seed pods
start to form. Cow Vetch is very similar to Hairy Vetch (V.
villosa), but is distinguished from the latter by its smooth stem.