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Crater Lake National Park #3: Subalpine Plants

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), a high elevation pine on subalpine summits of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada. It grows on some of the highest peaks of the Crater Lake caldera, higher than the more common mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana). Seeds from this cone have been removed by the Clark's nutcracker, a subalpine bird that stores the seeds in caches. In fact, this bird is an important factor in the dispersal and propagation of whitebark pine.

  Clark's Nutcracker At Lake Louise In The Canadian Rockies  

Alpine hawkweed (Hieracium greenei).

Alpine lupine (Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii).

Mahala mat (Ceanothus prostratus).

Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) on the blossoms of rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus). This pollinator fly greatly resembles the common honey bee (Apis mellifera), a good example of Batesian mimicry

  Batesian & Mullerian Mimicry Explained  

Crustose lichens: Pleopsidium flavum (yellow) and Lecidea atrobrunnea (brown).

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