~ ARCTIC WILLOW in ALASKA ~


HOME

What's New

Contact Us

Purchase Prints

< To Flower Gallery

<< To FLOWER INDEX


General Plant Information



  Common Name:
  Scientific Name:
  Arctic Willow
  Salix arctica
  Family:
  Genus:
  Salicaceae
  Salix
  Habitat:
  Sun Exposure:
  Arctic Tundra
  Direct Sun
  Overall Height:
  Flower Size:
  2 to 5 inches
  1 to 3 inches
  Flower Color:



The Arctic Willow is a small shrub that is well adapted to grow in harsh arctic conditions. In fact, it is the only woody plant in the world that can grow well above the tree line. On the north slopes of Alaska, Caribou and Muskox graze on Arctic Willows, which are a good source of nutrition in these barren landscapes.

Arctic Willows have male and female plants, differentiated by the color of the catkins (flower clusters). Male catkins are yellow, while female catkins are red.

Due to the extreme conditions of their habitat, Arctic Willows grow very slowly.







This series of pictures were taken North of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Arctic Willows can be found at high altitude, however, in these harsh environments, Arctic Willows do not grow very tall. The Moss in the center picture gives a sense of scale and shows how small the Arctic Willows get at high altitude.



Arctic Willow and Moss





HOME

What's New

Contact Us

Purchase Prints

< To Flower Gallery

<< To FLOWER INDEX






Contact Us     -     Go2Moon@hotmail.com
© Copyright - Do not use pictures without authorization from Go2Moon