NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  366  Burnt Cape is classed as "Limestone Barrens" and is a very harsh environment with a rich flora.  Subzero tepratures in mid summer are common, winds are strong and almost all plants are extremely stunted - there is a forest there of trees over 60 years of age, none of which come above waist height, most are much lower. NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  415  Dwarf Hawksbeard (Crepis nana) - a tiny arctic plant growing on the limestone barrens at Burnt Cape.  This is the only known site in which this species is known to grow south of the arctic circle.  It can take 5-12 years to flower, after which it sets seed and dies.  The inflorescence has 2 to 4 flower heads nestled close to the leaves and near the ground where the air is warmest. Each flower head has several yellow ray florets with a base of phyllaries tipped with hairs. NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  418 (1)  Dwarf Hawksbeard (Crepis nana) - this photograph shows the previous species but at an earlier stage in its life cycle.  This particular specimen is already several years old but has yet to flower. The hairless leaves are oval and sometimes have a few lobes along the edges. NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  370  Alpine Bistort (Polygonum viparum).  *Note - also photographed at Port-aux-Choix growing in a richer substrate with other plants (qv). Alpine Bistort is slow growing, with an individual leaf or inflorescence taking 3-4 years to reach maturity from the time it is formed.  The bulbils are rich in starch and are a preferred food for Rock Ptarmigan and Reindeer; NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  430  Alpine Chickweed (Cerastium alpinum)  A species of mat forming perennial plant, native to Greenland, Canada and northern Europe NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  410  Alpine Rockcress (Arabis alpina) A. alpina grows in damp gravels and screes, often over limestone. A member of the family Brassicaceae that grows in mountainous areas of Europe, north Africa, central and eastern Asia and parts of North America. Believed to have originated in Asia Minor about 2 million years ago. From there it migrated twice into East Africa (500,000 years ago). Another migration route lead A. alpina into Europe which was then colonised periglacially.
NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  406  Arctic Bladderpod (Lesquerella arctica) A perennial of the Brassica family. The leaves are covered by unusual stellate hairs (several hairs arising from a single spot on the leaf, diverging to form a star), easily visible with a hand lens. The yellow flowers are borne in loose racemes at the end of several widely-diverging flower stalks. The siliques (seedpods) are globular, resembling tiny balls each with the remains of the style at the tip, hence the common name of bladderpod. NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  408  Arctic Willow (Salix vestia) ** (see also photograph at Porte-aux-choix ) DSCN3627  Beach Pea probably Lathyrus ??japonicus [photo by BC] NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  376  Fernald's Northern Rockcress (Braya fernaldii) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  374  Burnt Cape Cinquefoil (Potentilla usticapensis) Note hairy leaves NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  436  Burnt Cape Cinquefoil (Potentilla usticapensis)
NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  398  Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) DSCN3763  Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) - note leaf rosette [photo - BC] DSCN3753  Common Bearberry  [photo - BC] NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  385  Hawkweed (Hierarcium ?umbellatum) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  399  Hyssopleaf Fleabane (Erigeron hyssopifolius) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  391  Labrador Tea  (Rhododendron sp.) Note - the common name of Labrador Tea is applied to any one of three closely related species.
NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  420  Northern Asphodel (Tofielda pusilla) DSCN3771  Roseroot  (Rhodiola rosea) Compare this environmentally dwarfed form with the rather more lush version in the Red Bay album. There are also differences between male and female flowers. [photo by BC] NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  372  Shrubby Cinquefoil  (Potentilla fruticosa) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  409  Velvet Bells  (Bartsia alpina) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  381  Pussytoes on right (Antennaria sp.) There are some six possible species within Antennaria that this could be. NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  375  Reddish Sandwort  (Minuartia rubella) - limestone habit form
NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  377  Reddish Sandwort  (Minuartia rubella) - limestone habit form NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  389  Vetchling  (Astragalus sp.) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  419  River Beauty (Chamerion latifolium) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  396  White Mountain Avens  (Dryas integrifolia) Showing flower and stem - the leaves belonging to them are the ones like Rosemary DSCN3741  White Mountain Avens  (Dryas integrifolia) See also previous image for flower - this photo shows leaves and seed-heads [photo by BC] NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  382  Small Round-leaved orchid  (Amerorchis rotundifolia)
NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  429  Small Round-leaved orchid  (Amerorchis rotundifolia) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  450  Small Round-leaved orchid  (Amerorchis rotundifolia) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  424  Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium parviflorum  var. pubescens, possibly ecotype planipetalum observed in Nfld) DSCN3783  Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium parviflorum  var. planipetalum) [photo by BC] NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  451  Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium parviflorum  showing curly petals) NL-DSLR-2012 07 08  433  Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium parviflorum possibly var. planipetalum)