Cassiope mertensiana

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White Mountain Heather: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Cassiope mertensiana
White Mountain Heather (Cassiope mertensiana): Common mat-forming evergreen heather found in the low alpine near and above treeline.

Over 30 collections in ARCTOS, most from the mainland (excluding the northern gulf coast) and inner islands. Also collected on Baranof Island and a single collection in the St. Elias mountains near the border along the Alsek River.

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Other References

  • Muller: gen; alpine, heath, common
  • Hall 2010: "Southeastern Alaska except Yakutat. Mountain meadows adjacent to snowfields in alpine. Common."

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