Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Family: Ericaceae
mountain-cranberry,  more...
[Vaccinium vitis-idaea subsp. minus (Lodd.) Hultén,  more]
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Paul B. Marcum  
Etymology: vitis: grape.
Plants: densely colonial, mat-forming shrub; 10-35 cm tall.
Leaves: pale with dark bristle-like glands, bright green above, leathery, evergreen, elliptic to obovate, 5-18 x 3-9 mm, margins entire, slightly revolute.
Flowers: corolla pinkish white, bell-shaped, 3-5 mm long, 4-parted, lobes divided almost to the middle; stamens 8; inflorescence with 2-3 flowers in a cluster at the ends of the stems.
Fruits: berries, red, 8-10 mm, with ca. 10-20 seeds, edible.
Habitat: acidic, nutrient poor sites with direct sunlight; bogs, muskegs, conifer swamps, sandstone cliffs along Lake Superior.
Phenology:  Flowering time: early May through late June; Fruiting time: late July through early September.
Vaccinium vitis-idaea (under the synonym V. vitis-idaea subsp. minus) is State Endangered in Wisconsin.  Its distribution is circumboreal. 
Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Vaccinium vitis-idaea image
Paul B. Marcum  
Vaccinium vitis-idaea image
Paul B. Marcum  
Vaccinium vitis-idaea image
Paul B. Marcum  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Kitty Kohout  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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