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Arctic Willow (Salix arctica), Thule, Greenland

Arctic Willow (Salix arctica), Thule, Greenland

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Uploaded 19 Dec 2012 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2012 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Salix arctica (arctic willow) is a tiny creeping willow (family Salicaceae). It is adapted to survive in harsh arctic and subarctic environments, and has a circumpolar distribution round the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Willow is a food source for several arctic animals. Muskoxen, Caribou, Arctic Hares and Lemmings all feed on the bark and twigs, while the buds are the main food source of the Ptarmigan. Both the Inuit and the Gwich’in make use of this willow. Twigs would be used as fuel, while ...
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