Denali National Park and Preserve Spring Beauty

This extremely delicate and exquisite alpine plant grows in some of the most inhospitable terrain occupied by plants in the park . It occurs almost exclusively in steep, unstable scree slopes high in the mountains, mostly to the north of the Alaska Range crest. These areas are frequently subject to disturbance from landslides and avalanches and the substrate is constantly shifting and moving down-slope. Although its appearance is very delicate, this spring beauty thrives in these dry rocky and windy sites. Once removed from the soil this plant wilts away to nothing in the hand within seconds. Nonetheless, evolution has provided this beautiful alpine plant with the tools to prosper in subarctic alpine environments, including succulent leaf, stem and root tissues capable of storing water to carry it through dry periods, an elastic root system capable of adapting to shifting rocky substrates without breaking, and photosynthetic tissues that are able to convert light energy to chemical energy at low soil and air temperatures.

The geographic range of this plant is restricted to the mountains of Alaska and immediately adjacent areas of the Yukon Territory in Canada, thus we call it an Alaska-Yukon "endemic" plant. This particular species is found nowhere else on earth, although it has close relatives throughout mountainous areas of the world.

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Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.