White Heather - Cassiope tetragona
|Arctic white heather, Cassiope tetragona.|
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".
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.