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Aleutian Mountain Heath

Definition of the noun Aleutian Mountain Heath

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Aleutian mountain heath is the vernacular name of the Phyllodoce aleutica, a species of Phyllodoce.

  • geographic area: North America

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Aleutian Mountain Heath

Phyllodoce aleutica (Aleutian Mountain Heath)

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Phyllodoce is a small genus of plants in the heather family, Ericaceae. They are known commonly as mountainheaths, mountain heaths, or mountain heathers. They are native to North America and Eurasia, where they have a circumboreal distribution.

Plants of this genus are subshrubs that occur in arctic-alpine regions. They often grow from rhizomes, the stem bases formed by clumps of old leaf stalks. They have erect or spreading stems, the new shoots covered in glandular hairs, the old ones bare, tough, and shreddy. The leaves are alternately arranged. They have narrow, leathery blades that roll under tightly at the edges. The inflorescence is a solitary flower or an array of up to 30. The flower has a cup- or bell-shaped corolla of five petals that are fused together for at least half their lengths. There are usually ten stamens, which sometimes protrude from the corolla. The fruit is a capsule containing over 100 tiny seeds.

There are four to seven or eight species in genus Phyllodoce. Even after detailed phylogenetic analyses the relationships between plants in this genus are still unclear.

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