Cranberry Bog Cranberry Shooting Star

Oxycoccus microcarpus Turcz.

(Russian) brusnika. These are probably also names for the lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)

This is a delicate plant whose slender creeping stems root in wet ground. The leathery leaves are lance shaped and very tiny, less than W" long. The reddish, threadlike flowering stems hold tiny dark pink blossoms with four reflexed petals. The plant later bears tiny tart cranberries, though not in abundance here.

Bog cranberry grows among mosses and sundews (Drosera rotundifolia) in wet meadows and bogs. It needs wetter habitat than the lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idea), whose fruit is similar.

Range:

Northern circumpolar, widespread across Alaska; lacking in the central Aleutians.

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