Gaultheria hispidula L. - Creeping Snowberry


 

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Gaultheria hispidula - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ericaceae

Habitat

Bogs, swamps and wet woods.

Associates

 

Distribution

Eastern Canada, south through WV, west to OH, MI, WI, MN, northern ID and WA, and most of southern Canada.

Morphology

Low, creeping, evergreen. Stems prostrate. Leaves numerous, less than 1.5cm long, with coarse reddish bristles below. Flowers infrequent, 4-parted, white, campanulate. Fruit white, mealy, wintergreen flavored.

Notes

Flowers May and June

Wetland indicator: Facultative wetland

Very similar in appearance to cranberry except for the presence of reddish bristles on the leaves and stems. Often found growing on decaying logs amongst mosses.

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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