Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.  
Family: Ericaceae
bearberry, kinnickinnick
[Arctostaphylos adenotricha "(Fernald & J.F.Macbr.) A.Löve, D.Löve", Arctostaphylos uva-ursi subsp. adenotricha (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi subsp. coactilis (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi subsp. longipilosa (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi subsp. monoensis (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi subsp. stipitata (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi subsp. uva-ursi (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi subsp. uva-ursi var. coactilis (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. adenotricha (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. coactilis (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. leobreweri (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. marinensis (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. pacifica (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. stipitata (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. suborbiculata (L.) Spreng., Arctostaphylos uva-ursi var. uva-ursi (L.) Spreng., Uva-Ursi uva-ursi (L.) Britton]
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Arctostaphylos: from two Greek words arktos, "bear," and staphule, "a bunch of grapes," referring to the common name of the first-known species, and also perhaps alluding to bears feeding on the grape-like fruits
Plants: trailing/matting, perennial, 2"-6" tall shrub in mats to 40" wide
Leaves: alternate, entire, evergreen, leathery, flat and spoon-shaped, tapering to base, 1/3"-1 1/8" long
Flowers: whitish to pink, 5-parted, up to 1/4" long, urn-shaped; inflorescence an umbel-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers at the ends of the stem; blooms May-June
Fruits: bright red, dryish berry with 5 crescent-shaped nutlets
Habitat: moist; bogs; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: native
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Kitty Kohout  
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Eric J. Epstein  
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Robert R. Kowal  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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