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Small Cranberry

Vaccinium microcarpum

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Type:
Evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
5 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Bogs, heathland, mountains, swamps.

Flower:
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Pink, 4 petals
 
Solitary (or in pairs) pinkish-red flowers. Flowers are long-stalked.
Fruit:
Dark red, spherical berries, up to 8mm in diameter.
Leaves:
A perennial flower with small oval, dark green and leathery leaves. The leaves alternate along the stems on both sides. Similar in appearance to Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) but the leaves are more triangular in shape. Also, the stalks are hairless.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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