Photographer: Eric J. Epstein
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.
Arctostaphylos: from two Greek words arktos, "bear," and staphule, "a bunch of grapes," referring to the common name of the first-known species, and also perhaps alluding to bears feeding on the grape-like fruits
uva-ursi: old generic name meaning "bear's grape," ursi for "bear"
|Plant: ||trailing/matting, perennial, 2"-6" tall shrub in mats to 40" wide|
|Flower: ||whitish to pink, 5-parted, up to 1/4" long, urn-shaped; inflorescence an umbel-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers at the ends of the stem; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||bright red, dryish berry with 5 crescent-shaped nutlets|
|Leaf:||alternate, entire, evergreen, leathery, flat and spoon-shaped, tapering to base, 1/3"-1 1/8" long|
|Habitat: ||moist; bogs; in rocky, sandy soil|