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Eriophorum scheuchzeri (white cottongrass)

Synonyms: Eriophorum altaicum; Eriophorum capitatum; Eriophorum leucocephalum; Eriophorum scheuchzeri subsp. altaicum; Eriophorum scheuchzeri subsp. arcticum; Eriophorum sphaerocephalum; Plumaria scheuchzeri; Scirpus leucocephalus; Scirpus scheuchzeri

Wikipedia Abstract

Eriophorum scheuchzeri is a species of flowering plant in the sedge family known by the common names Scheuchzer's cottongrass and white cottongrass. It has a arctic circumpolar and circumboreal distribution in the Northern Hemisphere. It can be found in Alaska, across Canada, in the Arctic islands, Greenland, Iceland, and across Eurasia. There are disjunct occurrences in the Rocky Mountains, in the high mountains of southern Europe (the Pyrenees, Alps and the Caucasus) on Mount Daisetsu in Japan and some other Asian mountains. This plant is consumed by muskoxen. Waterfowl feed on the seeds.
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Light Preference [2]  Full Sun
Soil Acidity [2]  Mostly Acid
Soil Fertility [2]  Infertile
Soil Moisture [2]  Wet
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Structure [3]  Grass

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aniakchak National Monument National Preserve Ib 458519 Alaska, United States
Aulavik National Park II 3021211 Northwest Territories, Canada
Auyuittuq National Park II 4808115 Nunavut, Canada
Bagni di Masino - Pizzo Badile - Val di Mello - Val Torrone - Piano di Preda Rossa 23828 Italy  
Baikalskiy Biosphere Reserve Zapovednik Ia 458883 Russia  
Banff National Park II 1690912 Alberta, Canada
Belviso Barbellino 4804 Italy  
Berchtesgaden Alps National Park II 51433 Germany
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve Ib 2823882 Alaska, United States
Disgrazia - Sissone 7438 Italy  
Gates of the Arctic National Park Ib 184461 Alaska, United States
Glacier National Park II 953799 Montana, United States
Jasper National Park II 2776809 Alberta, Canada
Katmai National Park and Preserve Ib 421782 Alaska, United States
Kluane National Park and Reserve National Park Reserve II 5463436 Yukon, Canada
Laplandskiy Biosphere Reserve 757114 Russia  
Magadansky Zapovednik 2332834 Russia  
Monte di Scerscen - Ghiacciai di Scerscen - Monte Motta 23885 Italy  
Nahanni National Park Reserve II 1309627 Northwest Territories, Canada
Noatak Biosphere Reserve 7500143 Alaska, United States  
Ostrov Vrangelya (Wrangel Island) Zapovednik Nature Monument III 180 Russia    
Parco Naturale Adamello 53676 Italy  
Parco Regionale Orobie Bergamasche 121015 Italy  
Parco Regionale Orobie Valtellinesi 56377 Italy  
Quttinirpaaq (Ellesmere Island) National Park Reserve II 9436606 Nunavut, Canada
Sirmilik National Park II 5475284 Canada
Taimyrsky Biosphere Reserve Ia 4403240 Taimyr, Russia
Tsentral'no-Sibirskiy Biosphere Reserve Ia 2521510 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Tuktut Nogait National Park II 5761538 Northwest Territories, Canada
Ukkusiksalik National Park II   Nunavut, Canada
Val di Togno - Pizzo Scalino 7784 Italy  
Valle dei Ratti - Cime di Gaiazzo 3368 Italy  
Vuntut National Park II 1076795 Yukon, Canada
Wapusk National Park II 2614324 Manitoba, Canada
Yoho National Park II 317576 British Columbia, Canada



Branta hutchinsii (Cackling Goose)[4]
Branta ruficollis (Red-breasted Goose)[5]
Heliococcus varioporus[6]
Lemmus sibiricus (brown lemming)[4]
Myodes rutilus (northern red-backed vole)[4]
Ovibos moschatus (muskox)[4]
Ovis dalli (Dall's sheep)[4]
Rangifer tarandus (caribou)[4]


Europe to W. Himalaya and Mongolia, Suarctic N. America to Canada;



Attributes / relations provided by
1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
2Ellenberg, H., Weber, H.E., Dull, R., Wirth, V., Werner, W., Paulissen, D. (1991) Zeigerwerte von Pflanzen in Mitteleuropa. Scripta Geobotanica 18, 1–248
3Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
4Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
5BirdLife International (2012) Species factsheet: Branta ruficollis. Downloaded from on 06/09/2012.
6Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
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