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- noun An evergreen arctic
shrub, Diapensia lapponica.
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- noun any boreal low-growing evergreen plant of the genus Diapensia
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Black spruce and dwarf larch Larix larieina scrub colonises exposed moraines, giving way to an ericaceous shrub formation in the more exposed and unstable areas with alpine bearberry Anctostaphylos alpina, alpine azalea Loiseleuria procumbens and diapensia.
Along this ridge I was delighted to find in blossom two beautiful Alpine plants, which I had missed in previous (July) visits, -- the diapensia
I enjoyed the climb, the lessening forest, the alpine plants (the diapensia was in full flower, with its upright snowy goblets, while the geum and the Greenland sandwort were just beginning to blossom), the magnificent prospect, the stimulating air, and, most of all, the mountain itself.
On the first of these occasions, although I was eight days later than I had been the year before (June 19th instead of June 11th), the diapensia was just coming into somewhat free bloom, while the sandwort showed only here and there a stray flower, and the geum was only in bud.
The diapensia was already quite out of bloom, although only nine days before we had thought it hardly at its best.