St. Paul Island wildflowers - 2014 June trip
   
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St. Paul Island in summer is said to be covered by blue, red and yellow wildflowers, quite the sight for sore eyes. Well, I guess I missed that spectacular scenery. When visiting in mid June 2014 (June 14-18), some wildflowers were indeed blooming, particularly the lupins, and the meadows were getting green. Also common were Arctic Poppy and lousewort species.

Some wildflowers encountered on St. Paul Island are shown below. As an amateur naturalist, some of the more obscure species may have been given wrong names.

A few June-blooming mainland Alaska wildflowers can be seen here.

 

The Nootka Lupine dominates the landscape on the island in June

Nootka Lupine (Lupinus nootkatensis), June 14, 2014

 

Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus ssp. maritimus), June 14, 2014

Another wildflower dominating on St. Paul Island in June is the lousewort. This is an Arctic Lousewort, I think (Pedicularis langsdorffii subsp. langsdorffii), June 14, 2014

 

Whorled Lousewort (Pedicularis verticillata), June 16, 2014

Northern Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium boreale), June 15, 2014

 

Northern Jacob's Ladder, June 15, 2014

Lehmann's Rockjasmine (Androsace chamaejasme subsp. lehmanniana), June 14, 2014

 

Lehmann's Rockjasmine, June 14, 2014

As normal for Arctic bird cliffs, Scurvygrass is common around nesting birds (here Least auklets and Parakeet auklet)

 

Scurvy-grass (Cochlearia arctica subsp. oblongifolia), June 15, 2014

Villous Cinquefoil (Potentilla villosa), June 17, 2014

 

Villous Cinquefoil (Potentilla villosa), June 15, 2014

Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), June 17, 2014

 

Little Weaselsnout (Lagotis minor), June 17, 2014

Arctic Poppy (Papaver alaskanum), June 16, 2014

 

Arctic Poppy (Papaver alaskanum), June 15, 2014

Probably Sulphur Buttercup (Ranunculus sulphureus), but could also be Snow Buttercup (R. nivalis), June 15, 2014

 

Probably Sulphur Buttercup (Ranunculus sulphureus), but could also be Snow Buttercup (R. nivalis), June 15, 2014

 

Unknown buttercup (Ranunculus sp.), June 15, 2014

 

 

Heartleaf Saxifrage (Saxifraga nelsoniana), June 15, 2014

Bract Saxifrage (Saxifraga bracteata, also called Saxifraga sibirica), June 15, 2014

 

Bract Saxifrage (Saxifraga bracteata, also called Saxifraga sibirica), June 15, 2014

Boreal Draba (Draba borealis), June 15, 2014

 

North Pacific Draba (Draba hyperborea). Called Draba grandis by the Pan Arctic Flora. June 15, 2014

Moss Campion (Silene acaulis), Denali NP, June 15, 2014. Unusual with the long anthers, but the species varies a lot

 

Alaska Violet (Viola langsdorfii), June 15, 2014

Draba species

 

Tall Jacob's Ladder? (Polemonium acutiflorum)

Arctic Sweet Coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus), June 14, 2014

 

Fewflower Fumewort (Corydalis pauciflora), June 17, 2014

Arctic Willow (Salis arctica) (tundravier)

 

Alpine Timothy (Phleum alpinum)

Arctic Lupine fields. North-eastern part of the island

 

Crater lake

Windy beach with American Dunegrass (Leymus mollis)

 

Green seabird cliff