Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Gaultheria hispidula (L.) Muhl. ex Bigelow image
Photographer: Arthur Meeks           

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black
Family Ericaceae
Gaultheria hispidula (L.) Muhl. ex Bigelow
creeping-snowberry, moxie
Gaultheria: for Jean François Gaulthier (1708-1756), botanist appointed King's physician in 1741 for Quebec
hispidula: fine-hairy
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Status: Native
Plant: trailing/matting, perennial, 8"-16" tall shrub, bristly; stems very leafy, prostrate
Flower: white, 4-parted, 1/8"-1/5" long, bell-shaped, lobes rounded and 1/3 as long as the tube; a few, solitary flowers on backward-curving stalks, stalked flowers from the leaf axils; blooms Apr.-May
Fruit:white, berry-like, edible
Leaf:short stalked, round to elliptical, 1/5"-1/3" long
Habitat: wet; forests, bog; often found on decaying logs

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