Arctic satellite dishes
As the sun moves across the sky, the flower of the Arctic Poppy follows its light and reflects the rays towards the reproductive parts of the plant. During the Arctic summer, when the sun does not set, the Arctic Poppy faces the sun for a full 24 hours.
A meaningful name
Some plants, besides their scientific name, have different names and importances in various languages and cultures. The Inuktitut name for poppy, Igutsat niqingit, translates to ‘bumblebee food’ because bumblebees are attracted to the poppy flower.
Botanist to the rescue!
There are many different types of Arctic poppies, many of which look similar to each other. They can be very hard to differentiate! Luckily, some botanists (scientists who study plants) specialize in poppies, just as other botanists specialize in other plant groups. Through collaboration and knowledge-sharing, botany projects benefit a great deal.