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<font color=crimson>Prairie-fire ? </font>
I don't know what this is. It was taken in August 1996, just outside of NOME, ALASKA. The elevation is approximately 1,500 feet above sea level. It was growing in a wet area on a "north-facing" slope, OUT on the TUNDRA and not too far from a river.

Native Alaskans use these flowers to make an herbal medicine.

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lcarreauStatus on the plant -

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It looks most like Broad-Leaved Willow Herb or Arctic Fireweed. The scientific name is Chamaenerion latifolium.
Posted Nov 30, 2007 12:01 pm

tanyaRe: Status on the plant -

tanya

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This is from Alaska! I doubt any of us know what this one is? --- if this is the one you were asking about?
Posted Dec 1, 2007 9:17 pm

lcarreauTo tell you the truth,

lcarreau

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I don't know a whole lot of folks currently living in Alaska; and I'm not about to go up there. It's one of those MOMENTS when you take a photo of a plant, and then it gets LOST in a vast pile AND suddenly REAPPEARS! Don't worry ... somebody will come up with a confirmation soon. Guess a 4x4 comes in quite
handy in your neck of the woods. Each day can be a real adventure. Have a good one, tanya!
Posted Dec 1, 2007 10:03 pm

mtybumpoRed!

mtybumpo

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That sure is a lot of red! Great Picture!
Posted Dec 3, 2007 12:16 pm

lcarreauRe: Red!

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Yep, it was one of the photos that I found on the bottom of the PILE. They apparently get
a little bit more SNOWPACK & moisture in ALASKA than they do in ARIZONA. Hey, thanks for the kind comments & beautiful pictures!!!
Posted Dec 3, 2007 12:45 pm

lcarreauI respect a person's

lcarreau

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feelings, but you really don't have to feel that way. I guess all this flower is now is a
mysterious image floating around in Cyberspace. Kinda like a "RED raft" bouncing down the Colorado River. Someday, it might resurface along the western shore of Lake Mead, like a nostalgic piece of driftwood without a NAME.

What? Up late again? Gee, Anya ... perhaps you should take a "red-eye" FLIGHT to ALASKA, and maybe explore the plant's environment. You might even discover some Reindeer. Ha,ha!
Thanks for your persistence!

Posted Dec 6, 2007 10:02 am

bobeckCouldn't figure

bobeck

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out how to score it a 12!
Posted Jan 9, 2008 10:22 am

lcarreauThank you, Bo !

lcarreau

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I dug it up from some western Alaska photos
I had taken 12 years ago. Since then, the
friend I was visiting moved back to Arizona.
A lot can change in 12 years!!! (You wanted
to give it a vote for each year I was holding it, right???)

Hey - be safe on those Utah highways.

Posted Jan 9, 2008 6:54 pm

RobSCNever Seen Anything Like This

RobSC

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I guess I've got to get up to Alaska some day. Great Photo!
Posted Jan 12, 2008 12:08 am

lcarreauRe: Never Seen Anything Like This

lcarreau

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Thanks, how's things going over there in Boulder? I have to get over to the Colorado
Rockies, someday. Is it snowing up a storm?
Posted Jan 12, 2008 12:24 am

RobSCRe: Never Seen Anything Like This

RobSC

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It did for several weeks, but has been quiet recently out of the mountains (The mountains are getting snow as I write still). At the end of December there had been so many storms that some of the flatirons above Boulder formed really thin ice routes on them, although I seem to have gotten too old for that sort of stuff....
Posted Jan 12, 2008 12:42 am

lcarreauRe: Never Seen Anything Like This

lcarreau

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That sounds awesome, I bet somebody out
there is enjoying them! We don't have
too many flatirons here in Arizona.
Posted Jan 12, 2008 12:50 am

SteveOsIt's Definitely Fireweed

SteveOs

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Fireweed stalks and leaves turn red in the fall after the purple flowers drop. We have fields and fields of it up here in B.C. :)
Posted Jan 12, 2008 2:14 am

lcarreauThanks, SteveOs !

lcarreau

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Just your average American guy! I keep forgetting that BC is up there! Think we all
know where Victoria is, however. Fireweed was
my original guess -I didn't take the photo in
fall, but it was close enough in Alaskan time. "Close enough" only counts in hand
gernades and horse shoes, right? Thanks for
the information - you are the lucky winner!!!
Can't wait for those Vancouver Olympics coming up...
Posted Jan 12, 2008 9:38 am

Karrar HaidriWow ! ! !

Karrar Haidri

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What a wonderful picture! Very nice colors.
Cheers
Posted Apr 30, 2008 11:39 am

lcarreauRe: Wow ! ! !

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Karrar, thank you very much for your
kind words! I was lucky to be in the
right place at the right time. Nature
holds many surprises, all we have to do
is look and say WOW. - Larry
Posted Apr 30, 2008 1:55 pm

wmeierMy Favorite

wmeier

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Fireweed is at the top of my list for wildflowers. Very beautiful especially in such numbers. Thanks for sharing!
Posted Nov 10, 2008 11:34 pm

lcarreauRe: My Favorite

lcarreau

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1996 was a very good year for Fireweed in
western Alaska. Thanks for the comments!

Larry
Posted Nov 10, 2008 11:44 pm

MalibuMore scientifically...sort of?

Malibu

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Is it a form of this (from Wikipedia):

Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or Prairie-fire, is a genus of about 200 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants native to the west of the Americas from Alaska south to the Andes, as well as northeast Asia.

Maybe not.

Another great photo, btw, whatever the flower is.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 3:14 pm

lcarreauRe: More scientifically...sort of?

lcarreau

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I'm not a scientist, but you have an outstanding point!

Prairie-fire would be more synonymous to
Canada and Western Alaska ???
Posted Aug 10, 2009 8:17 pm

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on Nov 29, 2007 12:44 pm

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