The peat is different in character from that of northern Europe: cellular plants enter but little into its composition, and it is formed almost entirely of the roots and stems of Empetrum rubrum, a variety of the common crowberry of the Scottish hills with red berries, called by the Falklanders the " diddle-dee " berry; of Myrtus nummularia, a little creeping myrtle whose leaves are used by the shepherds as a substitute for tea; of Caltha appendiculata, a dwarf species of marsh-marigold; and of some sedges and sedge-like plants, such as Astelia pumila, Gaimardia australis and Bostkovia grandif ora.
One clump of marsh marigold in flower along the canal, and lesser celandine along all the hedge bottoms.
Surprisingly we did find marsh marigold and bulbous buttercup in bloom.
There was also a larger version of the buttercup called marsh marigold.
marsh marigold The golden cups of marsh marigold brighten many a dull spring day.
Wet or moist ground supports scurvygrass Cochlearia officinalis, marsh-marigold Caltha palustris and common valerian Valeriana officinalis.
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