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Mountain Aven

Dryas octopetala

Description:

A mat-forming shrub with course, oblong leaves. The flowers usually have 8 long, white petals and the stamens are bright yellow. When the flowers go to seed, they have a characteristic twist and then they turn into a seed head similar to a dandelion.

Habitat:

Tundra and high alpine slopes

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Alaska, USA

Spotted on Jun 18, 2011
Submitted on Jun 30, 2011

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