From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on August 22.
Alison M. passed along some lovely photos of plants from Strathcona Park (click photo to enlarge).
Here are a few photos of subalpine slopes and meadows….from Arnica Lake and the slopes around the Moat Lake to Castlecrag Trail. In various locations in the Park we have visited this summer there was a very obvious contrast between the less frequented trails and those of easy access such as Paradise Meadows and the trails on the Plateau.
The rain in June and early July contributed to the splendid expanses of flowering plants, waist-high in places – arnica, columbine, cow-parsnip, daisies, false hellebore, lupins, paintbrush, penstemons, and the list goes on.
We also found a few unusual plants:
- Snow bramble (Rubus nivalis) which appeared near the start of the trail up to Arnica Lake (we have also seen it at similar low elevations on the Myra Falls trail).
- Quillwort (Isoetes bolanderi ?) in a small pond at ~1200 m on the rocky high point of a ridge that runs from above Harris Lake toward the route up to Sunrise Lake and Jutland.
- Bog St. John’s wort (Hypericum anagalloides), with its tiny, but rich yellow flower – one of my favourites – in amongst Drosera rotundifolia. It is prolific in the wetlands both around McKenzie Lake and the small lake above Divers.