White Heather

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White Heather - Cassiope tetragona

White Heather
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Arctic white heather, Cassiope tetragona.
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Plantae
(unranked):
Tracheophytes
(unranked):
Angiosperms
(unranked):
Eudicots
(unranked):
Asterids
Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae
Genus:
Cassiope
Species:
C. tetragona

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The White Heather is a member of the Ericaceae family.

General Information and Anatomy

Arctic white heather, C. tetragona, is very similar to C. hypnoides, but its leaves are coarser, dark green, and deeply grooved. They are arranged in four rows along the four-sided branches; in fact, the name tetragona means "four-sided".

Distribution

An important source of fuel for Inuit when in camp, arctic white heather leaves contain high concentrations of resin and easily burn with a hot flame when dry.

External resources

Name ID
NCBI Taxonomy 423282
WikiSpecies Cassiope tetragona
Wikipedia Cassiope tetragona
iNaturalist Dwarf Fireweed
BOLD 260101