Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Dryas octopetala L. - Mountain Avens - Rosaceae
Dryas octopetala
© Graham Day
Dryas octopetala
© Ralph Forbes
Dryas octopetala
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

One of the relictual species of the early post-glacial tundra vegetation which occurred in Ireland after the ice sheets retreated some 12,000 years ago. Now confined in Northern Ireland to a very small number of high altitude sites on rocky outcrops although its best known area of occurrence in Ireland as a whole is probably the Burren of Co Clare.

All names: Dryas octopetala L.