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Flowering out of a pond!

Bogbeans, the sole member of the Bobean family in Iceland, are flowering now.

Bogbeans are common in most parts of Iceland and can be found in wetlands, even growing out of ponds like seen on the picture. The photo is from a small pond at Tjörnes peninsula, just N of Húsavík. The species has several common names in Icelandic which often is the case when respective species has a history of utilisation. Among the vernacular names the bogbeans carry in Icelandic is "reiðingsgras" referring to the earlier usage of the stalks of the plant as ropes for fastening luggage on horses.

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