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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Rosaceaeherbs and shrubs native to southern temperate zones..


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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἄκαινα (akaina, "spike"), from ἀκή (akē, "point").


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  • As open vegetation, possibly due to man-made causes, we find rosettes of Acaena cylindrostachya as well as Castilleja fissifolia, Lupinus carrikeri.

    Santa Marta páramo 2008

  • Cleef and Rangel note that the high coverage of Acaena cylindrostachya and Lupinus carrikeri in some sectors of scrubland seems to indicate a change in the original vegetation, as a result of extensive livestock, modifying the structure of the vegetation.

    Santa Marta páramo 2008

  • Acaena ovalifolia has become a widespread weed on Isla R. Crusoe, together with the two most noxious pests in the islands, namely Aristotelia chilensis ( "maqui") and Rubus ulmifolius ( "zarzamora").

    Juan Fernández Islands temperate forests 2007

  • Dwarf shrub Acaena magellanica occurs in sheltered areas.

    Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Australia 2008

  • On the McDonald Islands, tussock grass Poa cookii is common on eastern slopes and lower parts of the plateau, while cushions of Azorella selago cover higher areas, with Kerguelen cabbage Pringlea antiscorbutica, and dwarf shrub Acaena magellanica.

    Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Australia 2008

  • Also present were flowering plants (Plantago stauntoni, Acaena sanguisorbae) and liverworts (Marchantia spp.), and glades were characterized by rushes (Scirpus nodosus and Juncus australe).

    Amsterdam and Saint-Paul Islands temperate grasslands 2007

  • Highland slopes were characterized by an association of clubmoss (Lycopodium trichiatum), a fern (Gleichemia polypodioides), and flowering plants (Poa fuegiana, Acaena seurguisarbae, Scirpus aucklandicus, Uncinia brevicaulis, and Trisetum insulare).

    Amsterdam and Saint-Paul Islands temperate grasslands 2007

  • Under the trio of columns there is a simple carpet of bronze-leafed Acaena microphylla, punctuated with more red Dianthus cruentus in a bed of gravel. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 2011


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