FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Myriophyllum alternifolium, Alternate Water-milfoil

Myriophyllum alternifolium; the Alternate Water-milfoil is a rather common water-plant on Iceland. Basically one can find it anywhere in ponds and lake-sides except for the interior highlands. The foliage grows under water but the inflorescence stalks rise above the water level. A similar species with coarser leaves is Myriophyllum sibiricum (Common Water-milfoil).

This species grows mainly in the (central) northern regions of Iceland.

It is a member of the Water-milfoil family (Haloragaceae). The Icelandic name of the Alternate Water-milfoil is Síkjamari.

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Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk - unless stated otherwise

Flower stalks emerging from the water surface
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Photo of flowers of the Alternate Water-milfoil
Flowers and submmerged leaves
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Flower stalks

Detail of flowers

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Flowers & submmerged leaves

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