Photographer: Derek Anderson
Vaccinium oxycoccos L.
Vaccinium: ancient Latin name for bilberry, origin obscure
oxycoccos: old Latin name for "acid-berry"
|Plant: ||creeping, perennial, 2"-6" tall shrub|
|Flower: ||pink, 4-parted, 1/4" long, lobes deeply parted and turning upward; 2 small, red bracts; inflorescence with 1-4 flowers in a cluster from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-July|
|Fruit:||red berry with many seeds|
|Leaf:||evergreen, elliptical to oval, tapering at both ends, edges not toothed|
|Habitat: ||wet; bogs; in sandy soil|