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Uploaded on Monday 19 Aug 2013 by Peter Prokosch

Habitat for Dwarf Fireweed (Chamerion latifolium), Yukon, Canada

Year: 2013
From collection: Arctic Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
DwarfFireweed or also called River Beauty Willowherb, has a circumboreal distribution, appearing throughout the northern regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including subarctic and Arctic areas such as snowmelt-flooded gravel bars and talus. This arctic plant provides valuable nutrition for the Inuit, who eat the leaves raw, boiled with fat, or steeped in water for tea, the flowers and fruits raw, and as a salad with meals of seal and walrus blubber. Every part of this plant is edible, tasting much like spinach, and is also known in the Canadian tundra as River Beauty. It is the national flower of Greenland, where it is known by the Greenlandic name niviarsiaq, which means "little girl".
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