from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small genus of ericaceous plants, low evergreen shrubs, resembling heaths, natives of alpine and arctic regions, chiefly of North America.
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- n. low tufted evergreen shrubs of colder parts of north temperate regions having moss-like foliage and nodding white or pink flowers
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In snow-patches the growing season is only four to six weeks long but matted cassiope Harrimanella hypnoides and dwarf willow Salix herbacea thrive.
On Oppapago, which is also called Sheep Mountain, one finds not far from the beds of cassiope the ice-worn, stony hollows where the big-horns cradle their young.
The bleaker the situation, so it is near a stream border, the better the cassiope loves it.
Shrubs also hasten in time to the new gardens, -- kalmia with its glossy leaves and purple flowers, the arctic willow, making soft woven carpets, together with the healthy bryanthus and cassiope, the fairest and dearest of them all.
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On the edge of some of the snow-banks I noticed cassiope.
Of these cassiope is at once the commonest and the most beautiful and influential.
A few are standing at an elevation of nearly three thousand feet; at twenty-five hundred feet, pyrola, veratrum, vaccinium, fine grasses, sedges, willows, mountain-ash, buttercups, and acres of the most luxuriant cassiope are in bloom.
Nothing could be more striking than the contrast between the raw, crumbling, deforested portions of the mountain, looking like a quarry that was being worked, and the forested part with its rich, shaggy beds of cassiope and bryanthus in full bloom, and its sumptuous cushions of flower-enameled mosses.
The flowers, though most of them were buried or partly so, were to some extent recognizable, the bluebells bent over, shining like eyes through the snow, and the gentians, too, with their corollas twisted shut; cassiope I could recognize under any disguise; and two species of dwarf willow with their seeds already ripe, one with comparatively small leaves, were growing in mere cracks and crevices of rock-ledges where the dry snow could not lie.
On the banks of the river and its tributaries cassiope and bryanthus may be found, where the sod curls over stream banks and around boulders.
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