Cornus canadensis L.
Family: Cornaceae
bunchberry, bunchberry dogwood, dwarf cornel
Cornus canadensis image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Cornus: Latin cornu for "horn," probably referring to the hardness of the wood
Plants: erect, perennial, 2"-8" tall forb; with a woody rhizome
Leaves: short-stalked, 4-6 seemingly in a whorled cluster at the top and 1 or 2 pairs of tiny leaves below
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 3/4"-1 1/2" wide, bracts petal-like; solitary on a 3/4"-1" stalk; blooms May-July
Fruits: cluster of red berries
Habitat: moist; forests, bogs; in acidic soil
Conservation Status: Native