Dwarf Birch - Betula glandulosa
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The Dwarf Birch is a member of Betulaceae, the birch family.
General Information and Anatomy
Its branches are ordinarily dotted with wart-like glands and covered in a greyish waxy layer. The wood of this shrub was probably used by the Inuit for firewood, while children of Bathurst Inlet make use of the stickiness of newly unfolded birch leaves to make earrings.
The dwarf birch, Betula glandulosa, grows on the low arctic tundra, in peat bogs or on acidic rocks, and is often associated with willows.
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