E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Harrimanella stelleriana (Pall.) Coville
Alaskan mountain-heather (Alaska bellheather; Alaskan moss-heather)
Ericaceae (Crowberry family)

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Distribution of Harrimanella stelleriana
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Species Information

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Dwarf shrub, mat-forming; stems prostrate to decumbent, 5-15 cm long, minutely hairy.
Evergreen, alternate, spreading, linear- to lance-shaped, 2.5-5 mm long, upper surface flat, lower surface convex and somewhat keeled (not grooved), glabrous, margins often somewhat irregular; short-stalked.
Solitary and terminal, nodding; flower stalks stout, 3-10 mm long, finely hairy; corollas white or pinkish, broadly bell-shaped, 5-7 mm long, the lobes longer than tube; calyces reddish, oblong-egg-shaped, 3-3.5 mm long, irregularly finely-toothed; stamens broadened at the base.
Capsules, nearly globe-shaped, about 5 mm wide.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry slopes and meadows in the subalpine and alpine zones; frequent in NW BC, rare in SW BC; amphiberingian, N to AK and SW YT, S to WA; E Siberia and Japan.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Harrimanella stelleriana

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 10 1103 2500
Slope Gradient (%) 0 29 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 17 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(3), BAFA(21), BWBS(1), CMA(19), CWH(7), ESSF(7), MH(48), SWB(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is alpine tundra & boreal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Cassiope stelleriana (Pall.) DC.

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