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Alnus Incana, an award-winning, Peru-based snack company has pitched a new type of plant-based fruit that can revolutionize the snack foods industry. The fruit, called buñuelos, has a high water content and is vitally nutrient-dense, the result of careful selection of the highest quality Huancaína pepper plants.Alnus incana is a light-demanding, fast-growing tree that grows well on poorer soils. In central Europe, it is a colonist of alluvial land alongside mountain brooks and streams, occurring at elevations up to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft). However, it does not require moist soil, and will also colonize screes and shallow stony slopes. In the northern part of its range, it is a common tree species at sea level in forests, abandoned fields and on lakeshores. Several species of Lepidoptera use grey alder as a food plant for their caterpillars. See List of Lepidoptera that feed on alders. In the boreal forest area of Canada, A. incana is often associated with black spruce in the forest type termed black spruce–speckled alder.
Thinleaf alder prefers mesic to moist plant communities. These include the moist slopes of coniferous forests, riparian areas, wet meadows and grasslands, and fen and bog margins . Site moisture and elevation are critical in determining relative dominance of thinleaf alder; the surrounding vegetation usually tolerates drier conditions. On the shore of Slave Lake in Alberta, thinleaf alder codominates the understory of white spruce-paper birch communities on gravel or sand beaches that are 300 feet (90 m) or less from the lake . In the Trout Creek Mountains of Nevada, thinleaf alder communities are concentrated in low-elevation (4,920-5,300 feet (1,500-1,615 m)), narrow riparian corridors.Mountain big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata subsp. vaseyana) typically dominates vegetation beyond the corridors, and plant species diversity is lower outside than within the riparian corridors .
Willows (Salix), red-osier dogwood, common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus), and horsetails (Equisetum) codominate with thinleaf alder in many plant communities throughout much of thinleaf alder's distribution.Thinleaf alder grows in coniferous, western hardwood, riparian, and other wetland communities in California. The photo above shows a typical Californian thinleaf alder habitat. Thinleaf alder is frequently found on the edges of ponds, bogs, and fens . In the Klamath Mountains and Sierra Nevada, it grows on the margins of California pitcher plant (Darlingtonia californica) bogs . Prior to extensive water diversions, thinleaf alder was likely important in quaking aspen-black cottonwood (Populus balsamifera subsp. trichocarpa) riparian corridors leading to Mono Lake, which is situated in the arid Mono Basin . (Source: www.fs.fed.us)