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Arctous alpina (L.) Nied.
Arctostaphylos alpina (L.) Spreng.

14 photos.
The "alpine bearberry", "black bearberry" or "ptarmiganberry" a small alpine shrub with brilliant
scarlet fall leaves.

ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 509023

1. May 12, 2014.  Blossoms nestled among dead leaves from the previous year.
This plant blooms before the new leaves appear.








2.  Late May.  Dead Leaves, leaf buds
and blossoms.

3.  Late May.  Similar view with leaves
more developed.

4.  Late May.  Close-up of blossoms with
leaf buds.

5.  Late June.  Leaves and developing

6.  Early September.  Leaves in fall color with
two black berries.

7.  Early September.  Leaves in fall color.  No
berries.  In some years there are no berries.

8.  Early September.  Again leaves in fall
color with some dark red.

9.  Mid-August.  Close-up of berries beginning
to turn black

10.  Mid-August.  Close up of  berries, two red
and one almost black.

11.  Mid-August.  Close-up of berries which have
turned black.

12.  July 11, 2009.  Berries at an early stage.

13.  May 24, 2012.  Buds emerging from the
dead leaves from the previous year.

14.  Plants in fall color with a few black
berries and some red lingonberries.

Photos 1, 13 and 14 taken on Portage Summit
65° 25.5' N, 144° 44.3' W
Elev. 2600 ft.

Photos 2 and 6-11taken on Eagle Summit near
1/2 mile Pinnell Mountain Trail.
65° 28.99' N, 145° 25.38' W
Elev. 3750 ft.

Photo 3 taken on a hilltop
above Upper Bottom Dollar Creek
between St. Patrick's Creek and Nugget
Gulch (St. Patrick's Creek is labeled
as Nugget Gulch on the USGS map)
65°  26.01' N,   144°  49.90' W
Elev. 2600 ft.


Photo 4 taken south of Central.

Photo 5 taken on a mountain 1.5
miles southeast of Portage Summit.
65°  25.335' N,   144°  42.044' W
Elev. 2750 ft.

Photo 12 taken on the east hillside
of the ravine west of Twelvemile summit.
65° 23.6' N, 145° 58.53' W
Elev. 3050 ft.