<font color=crimson>Prairie-fire ? </font>

Prairie-fire ?

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.
on Nov 29, 2007 12:44 pm
Image Type(s): Flora
Image ID: 361139


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lcarreau - Nov 30, 2007 12:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Status on the plant -

It looks most like Broad-Leaved Willow Herb or Arctic Fireweed. The scientific name is Chamaenerion latifolium.


tanya - Dec 1, 2007 9:17 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Status on the plant -

This is from Alaska! I doubt any of us know what this one is? --- if this is the one you were asking about?


lcarreau - Dec 1, 2007 10:03 pm - Hasn't voted

To tell you the truth,

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!


mtybumpo - Dec 3, 2007 12:16 pm - Voted 10/10


That sure is a lot of red! Great Picture!


lcarreau - Dec 3, 2007 12:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Red!

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!!!


lcarreau - Dec 6, 2007 10:02 am - Hasn't voted

I respect a person's

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!


bobeck - Jan 9, 2008 10:22 am - Voted 10/10

Couldn't figure

out how to score it a 12!


lcarreau - Jan 9, 2008 6:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Thank you, Bo !

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.


RobSC - Jan 12, 2008 12:08 am - Voted 10/10

Never Seen Anything Like This

I guess I've got to get up to Alaska some day. Great Photo!


lcarreau - Jan 12, 2008 12:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Never Seen Anything Like This

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?


RobSC - Jan 12, 2008 12:42 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Never Seen Anything Like This

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....


lcarreau - Jan 12, 2008 12:50 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Never Seen Anything Like This

That sounds awesome, I bet somebody out
there is enjoying them! We don't have
too many flatirons here in Arizona.


SteveOs - Jan 12, 2008 2:14 am - Voted 10/10

It's Definitely Fireweed

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. :)


lcarreau - Jan 12, 2008 9:38 am - Hasn't voted

Thanks, SteveOs !

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...

Karrar Haidri

Karrar Haidri - Apr 30, 2008 11:39 am - Voted 10/10

Wow ! ! !

What a wonderful picture! Very nice colors.


lcarreau - Apr 30, 2008 1:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow ! ! !

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


wmeier - Nov 10, 2008 11:34 pm - Hasn't voted

My Favorite

Fireweed is at the top of my list for wildflowers. Very beautiful especially in such numbers. Thanks for sharing!


lcarreau - Nov 10, 2008 11:44 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: My Favorite

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



Malibu - Aug 10, 2009 3:14 pm - Voted 10/10

More scientifically...sort of?

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.


lcarreau - Aug 10, 2009 8:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: More scientifically...sort of?

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

Prairie-fire would be more synonymous to
Canada and Western Alaska ???

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