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SPECIES: Ledum groenlandicum | Bog Labrador Tea
WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE : NO-ENTRY IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : Bog Labrador tea leaves and twigs are browsed by caribou and moose. In Ontario, caribou browse bog Labrador tea as supplemental winter browse [11]. In a study in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, leaves and twigs of bog Labrador tea occrrred in 100 percent of caribou rumen samples [36]. PALATABILITY : NO-ENTRY NUTRITIONAL VALUE : Bog Labrador tea is rated low in digestibility for black-tailed deer [35]. COVER VALUE : Bog labrador tea presumably provides cover for a variety of small wildlife species. VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : Bog labrador tea has potential for revegetating disturbed sites. It naturally recolonized local sites after powerline construction in the subartic bogs of northern and central Manitoba [38]. Bog labrador tea has also recolonized mined peatlands in the northeastern United States and may be of use in managing mined reclamation projects [15]. OTHER USES AND VALUES : The strongly aromatic leaves of bog Labrador tea can be used to make a palatable tea. As a folk medicine the tea was used externally for all kinds of skin problems. Taken internally, the tea was used to stimulate the nerves and stomach. A syrup made from the tea was sometimes used for coughs and hoarseness [26,32]. MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : On Willow Island, Alaska, white spruce stands were subjected to clearcut and shelterwood treatments. Second-year average percent cover and average percent frequency of bog Labrador tea were as follows [13]: shelterwood shelterwood control clearcut 14 m spacing 9 m spacing --------------------------------------------------------------- cover 0.2 trace 0.1 0.1 frequency 3.0 3 3.0 3.0

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