Geum reptans (NL: Kruipend nagelkruid / EN: Creeping avens / DE: Kriech-Nelkenwurz, Kriechende Nelkenwurz, Gletscher-Petersbart / FR: Benoîte rampante) is a quite stunning plant when in full flower because unlike so many alpines, the flowers are amongst the largest in the Geum genus (up to 4cm in diameter). It can be a pioneer alpine and is growing up to 2.800 m. G. reptans reproduces either sexually or via the long stolons which can reach quite a distance from the parent plant. Growing in such inhospitable terrain where the movements of snow, ice and gravel in winter could uproot a normal plant it is deep rooted and measurements by Pohl, Stroude et al in 2007 showed that it is possible for this plant to have roots 70cm deep!
Image: Pontresina (CH) – 11/07/2012
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