Dwarfism: Stay Small!

One thing you will notice on any trip to the tundra is how small the plants are. Once you are above treeline you will see plants that are mostly ankle-high or shorter. Knee high plants are rarities, and waist-high plants are almost unheard of!

Dwarf plants need less time to grow, stay out of the wind better, and can get by on the limited resources that the alpine tundra offers. Here are some examples of dwarf plants to look for on the tundra- look for more when you visit!

The Alplily (white) and Alium (purple) are only a few inches tall!

 

These Alpine Sandwort flowers are tiny- about the size of a ladybug!

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