Saturday, 23 July 2011

Greenland: Niviarsiaq

Recently we reported on the trip the participants of the International ISR Workshop undertook from Kangerlussuaq out to the edge of the Greenland ice sheet. Along the way, we came across very pretty purple flowers. Our driver told us that they are, in fact, the National Flower of Greenland, Niviarsiaq.

The plant belongs to the family of the evening primrose, and it is known in English as Dwarf Fireweed or River Beauty Willowherb. The Latin name is Chamerion latifolium.

Besides being pretty, all parts of this Arctic plant are edible and provide valuable nutrition. The leaves are eaten raw, boiled with fat, or made into tea. The flowers and fruits are used for salads or eaten with meals of walrus blubber or seal.

With this picture we wish all of you a very nice weekend.

Photo: Thomas Ulich.

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