Photographer: Derek Anderson
Comarum palustre L.
Comarum: Greek name of the Arbutus having a similar fruit
palustre: "of marshes"
|Plant: ||sprawling, perennial, 8"-24" tall, emergent, semi-aquatic; stems reddish-brown, coarse, somewhat woody below; from long rhizomes|
|Flower: ||purple to red, 5-parted, 3/4" wide, petals half as long as the sepals; inflorescence a few-flowered, leafy cluster; blooms June-Aug.|
|Fruit:||head of smooth, dry seeds|
|Leaf:||long stalked, pinnately-divided into 5-7 leaflets, oblong to elliptical, sharply toothed|
|Habitat: ||bogs, swamps, streambanks; in mucky, peaty soil|