By Suzi Golodoff
each one species is brought and obviously outlined and is followed via a photo and line drawings. lots of those vegetation ensue throughout quite a lot of coastal Alaska; others are specified to the Aleutians. The advent comprises heritage at the particular geologic historical past, weather, and habitats of the archipelago to completely around out the user’s appreciation of the dramatic setting during which those hardy crops thrive.
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Behringiana (Rydberg) Hult. ) Orchid Family / Orchidaceae 32 Emerging from a forked and fleshy tuber-like root, the single stem is up to 7 ½" tall. The stem is smooth and upright, rounded below the leaves, squared and striate above them. The one or two leaves are elliptic to lance shaped, up to 4" long and ¾" wide, shiny on the upper surface and with a duller sheen beneath. The lower leaf sheathes the stem and is larger than the upper leaf. The flowering spike is up to 2" long, only faintly fragrant, and bearing up to twenty flowers.
Primary veins on leaves usually prominently raised. Catkins few-flowered, ½" long, carpels (2–6) hairless when young: See least willow, Salix rotundifolia. D2. Shrubs forming loose mats, usually with long trailing branches buried or embedded in the vegetation mat. Catkins ¾" to 1 ½" long, carpels (6+) with hairs when young: See polar willow, Salix polaris. 43 Willow Family / Salicaceae B1. Branches long and creeping, branches often ascending 4" to 12" tall. Leaves usually more than 1" long. Catkins usually more than 1 ½" long, thick and many-flowered: See arctic willow, Salix arctica.
Alaska piperia is uncommon here and seems to prefer dry tundra, often near the beach. At first the scent seems sweet, but it soon hits you with an ammonialike pungency. The first collection of this orchid was made in Unalaska by Chamisso, the poet-naturalist and botanist sailing with Kotzebue in 1816–1817 aboard the ship Rurik. RANGE: In scattered populations from Unalaska Island eastward, along the southern Alaska coast into North America. Hooded Ladies’ Tresses Spiranthes romanzoffiana Cham. 35 thickened root, the single stem is stout and usually less than 6" tall.