Andromeda polifolia L. var. glaucophylla (Link) DC. - Bog Rosemary


 

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Andromeda polifolia - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ericaceae

 

Synonymous with A. glaucophylla Link

Habitat

Acid bogs.

Associates

Frequently found with Chamaedaphne calyculata

Distribution

Circumboreal; Newfoundland and Labrador west to Saskatchewan, south to NK, WV, northern IN and MN.

Morphology

Small shrub to 50 cm. Leaves alternate, evergreen, glaucous, narrow elliptic, entire, to 5 cm, margin revolute. Flowers in terminal umbelliform corymbs, white to pink, on recurved pedicels.

Notes

Flowers May to Early June

Wetland Indicator: Obligate

Swink and Wilhelm list this species as having an upland wetland indicator status but I suspect this was a typo, as it is only found in bogs and often next to open water.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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