Photographer's Note

In French, we call them "Linaigrettes". Their English or Latin (?) name is ”Eriophorum”. There is an Alpine "version" of them, though I do not remember having seen them in French Alps.

Here is what I found in Wikipedia:
"Eriophorum (Cottongrass, Cotton-grass or Cottonsedge) is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants in the family Cyperaceae, the Sedge family. They are found throughout the temperate Northern Hemisphere in acid bog habitats, being particularly abundant in Arctic tundra regions.
They are herbaceous perennial plants with slender, grass-like leaves. The seed heads are covered in a fluffy mass of cotton which are carried on the wind to aid dispersal."

May be the “flowers” of this picture are those also described in Wikipedia: “Eriophorum callitrix, commonly known as Arctic cotton, Arctic cottongrass, or suputi in Inuktitut. It is an Arctic plant in the Cyperaceae family. This plant is food for migrating snow geese and caribou. The Inuit used the seed heads as wicks in oil lamps. Clumps were placed into babies' pants and then thown away when soiled.”

Though, the photo was taken in Eastern South Siberia, they might be “Artic” because of the climate at this altitude (2 000m). I recently found, in a magazine, a very similar photo taken in Spitzberg or in Northen Norway. It is said that it was taken at the end of Artic summer. My photo was taken in mid July…

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