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  • Yung-tai Tu
    May 5, 2012

Kovdor, Murmansk, Russia

Rowans

posted May 5, 2012, 6:52 PM by Yung-tai Tu   [ updated May 20, 2012, 10:04 PM ]

It's also a typical Indigenous plants of Kovdor surroundings.   

English name

The rowans or mountain-ashes  花楸樹

Scientific name

Sórbus

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Roles in local ecosystem

The fruit are soft and juicy, which makes them a very good food for birds, particularly waxwings and thrushes, which then distribute the rowan seeds in their droppings.

How do they reflect local climate and geographic characteristics?

It is a tall tree  growing in a variety of habitats throughout northern Europe and in mountains in southern Europe and southwest Asia. There are a lot of them in Kovdor. In autumn the streets  look very beautiful.

Bog Whortleberry

posted May 5, 2012, 6:26 PM by Yung-tai Tu   [ updated May 19, 2012, 6:38 PM ]

Another typical Indigenous plants of Kovdor surroundings:

English name

Bog Whortleberry or Bog Bilberry

Scientific name

Vaccinium uliginosum

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Roles in local ecosystem

Bilberry is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species.

How do they reflect local climate and geographic characteristics?

Bilberries are found in very acidic, nutrient-poor soils throughout the temperate and subarctic regions of the world.

Cloudberry

posted May 5, 2012, 5:57 PM by Yung-tai Tu   [ updated May 5, 2012, 6:30 PM ]

One typical Indigenous plants of Kovdor surroundings:

English name

cloudberry

Scientific name

Rubus chamaemorus

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Roles in local ecosystem

Cloudberry leaves are food for caterpillars of several Lepidoptera species. The moth Coleophora thulea has no other known foodplants.

How do they reflect local climate and geographic characteristics?

The cloudberry can withstand cold temperatures down to well below -40°C, but is sensitive to salt and to dry conditions. It grows in bogs, marshes and wet meadows and requires sunny exposures in acidic ground.

The ripe fruits are golden-yellow, soft and juicy, and are rich in vitamin C. When eaten fresh, cloudberries have a distinctive tart taste. They are often made into jams, juices, tarts, and liqueur.


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