The mountain is renowned for its unusual array of Arctic-Alpine
In addition to seeing several Arctic-alpine
plant species the students also found several red clover plants (Trifolium pratense L).
Seed germination and vivipary from a latitudinal series of populations of the arctic-alpine
grass Trisetum spicatum.
The project was the vision of Dr Barbara Jones, the highlands ecologist in CCW at the time: its aim was to improve the state and condition of the mountain communities and species, especially the Arctic-Alpine
community, which is at its most southerly in Britain in Snowdonia.
Natural England manages 15 national nature reserves including those at Lindisfarne, Castle Eden Dene and Moor House, Upper Teesdale, which boasts rare Arctic-Alpine
lyelli by nearly 500 m and is the first collected in the Arctic-Alpine
Mesic, boreal and arctic-alpine
systems may be even more responsive to drought than semiarid areas because of the limited evolutionary experience.
The Teesdale Flora - a collection of rare, Arctic-alpine
flowers that have survived in Upper Teesdale since the last glaciation 12,000 years ago.
This Cwm, with its exposed rocky features, is a shrine to geologists for its landforms, and to botanists for the rare arctic-alpine
plants that nestle snugly in crevices in the rocks.
Cwm Idwal, a glacial valley in northern Snowdonia, is home to rare arctic-alpine
plants including purple saxifrage and the iconic Snowdon lily.
In the tundra-like conditions of 12,000 years ago, arctic-alpine
plants took advantage of the cool climate and limited competition.
It contains some of Wales' most important Arctic-Alpine
flora, including the rare Snowdon Lily, which is unique in Britain to Snowdonia.