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Flowers in the highlands

Mountain flowers are lonely jewels on a barren ground. These plants live in an environment that to us may seem hostile, but try to move one of them to a lower region, and it'll most likely perish in the struggle between species.

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Rose-root (Sedum rosea) has also been cultivated to grow in gardens

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Purple Saxifrage flowers when the snow carpet has (nearly) melted

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Three color variants of Yellow Mountains-Saxifrage

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Glacier Buttercup flowers on the raw soil exposed when the glacier retreats

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Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala) is an evergreen shrub

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Loiseleuria – a procumbent undershrub

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Scandinavian Primrose thrives on calcareus soils in the highlands

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Moss Campion forms large cushions

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Rock Speedwell , the transient beauty. Tomorrow it may be gone

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Lapland Diapensia. The Norwegian name is fjellpryd, meaning mountain decoration

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Oeder's Lousewort is very beautiful spring flower on base-rich soil

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Norwegian Wormwood or Mugwort is very rare

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Arctic Cotton-grass (Eriophorum scheuchzeri)

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Common Butterwort, a carnivorous plant, thrives in highlands and lowlands.

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Chlamydomonas nivalis, a green algae here in a snowball.

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Dryas

Dryas octopetala – eight petals. This plant lends its name to the Dryas periods. The Younger Dryas was a thousand years long cold period some ten thousand years ago. The northern hemisphere had for a few thousand years been warming up after the ice age when the temperature in Northern Europe dropped and the climate became suitable only for plants like this one.

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