A 51cm x 66cm (20"x26") duplex, fold-out, water-proof and tear-proof colour photo identification
pamphlet of 86 representative native alpine flowers on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Published April 2010. ISBN 978-0-9865207-0-9 .
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PO Box 280, Quathiaski Cove, BC, V0P 1N0, Canada
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Text on back cover:
ALPINE ECOSYSTEMS are widely distributed on Vancouver Island (front cover inset) and are highly diverse.
Plant habitats range from the austere near the snow line, as in the high-elevation karst above, to the luxuriant,
as shown below or on the front cover. They occur under a relatively dry climate on the east coast of the island
and in extremely wet areas near the west coast where the snow often lingers into early September. A rich
diversity of plant life occurs on different rock types, in alpine wetlands and along water bodies or streams, on
rocky cliffs, on dry screes, or on moist, deep soils. This pamphlet aims to introduce the user to a representative
selection of the most conspicuous and common alpine flowers on our island. Some rare species are included
for two reasons, first and foremost as a challenge to those climbers and hikers who may develop a deeper
interest, and second to learn more about the distribution of these species. Users are encouraged to report rare
occurrences to the BC Conservation Data Centre. Minimum information needed to verify a new occurrence is a
digital photo and a GPS location. For the purpose of this pamphlet, alpine flowers are defined as those that are
consistently found above the tree line. Occasionally, alpine species also occur below tree line on non-forested
habitats such as avalanche tracks, rock outcrops or wetlands. For sub-alpine and forest plants the reader is
referred to handbooks such as ‘Plants of Coastal British Columbia’ (Pojar & MacKinnon 1994). Nomenclature in
this pamphlet follows Douglas et al.1998-2002, ‘Illustrated Flora of British Columbia’.
Additional rare alpine flowers to watch for on Vancouver Island