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Lodgepole Pine
One of 50 different species of forget-me-nots, the alpine version is a small five-petalled flower growing on a straggly stem.
  Aspen
A tree of the willow family, the aspen is native to cold regions with cool summers. They are recognized by the nearly round leaves on mature trees, and for their ‘quivering’ appearance in breezes.
White Spruce
An evergreen of enormous economic importance in Canada, the White Spruce is harvested for paper-making. White Spruce trees are considered medium sized, growing up to 90 feet tall.
Engelmann Spruce
A high altitude mountain tree, the Engelmann Spruce grows at elevations up to 3,450 metres. Like its White Spruce cousin, the Engelmann Spruce is harvested for paper-making.
  Krummholz Trees
German for “twisted wood,” these trees are a memorable sight for any mountain visitor. They grow at the treeline, where wind and cold stunts and twists their shape.
  Dryas
Native to the alpine region, these white flowers with yellow centres are members of the rose family. Unlike most roses, they have eight petals instead of five.
  Alpine forget-me-not
One of 50 different species of forget-me-nots, the alpine version is a small five-petalled flower growing on a straggly stem.
  Moss Campion
A small mountain-dwelling flower common all over the high arctic, moss campion displays “compass flowering,” meaning flowers develop on the southernmost part of its cushion first.

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