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White Mountain Heather
Cassiope mertensiana

White mountain-heather is a small, slow growing alpine to subalpine plant that can form dense mats (as seen here) and is fairly common above the treeline around Sitka. The species honors Carl Heinrich Mertens, a German naturalist who discovered it at Sitka in 1827.

Picture taken near Baby Bear Lake on 24 June 1998.