West Highland Flora

Alpine Bearberry


Arctostaphylos alpinus

 

Arctostaphylos alpinus

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jul 1965 Abisko, Sweden)

Very rare in the south of the area, scarce in the north.  High altitude moorland.

Flower c 3-5 mm long.  Fruit c 6-10 mm diameter.

ID: Flowers white, shaped as shown.  Leaves clearly toothed, edges not downturned.

Other features: Leaves turn red in autumn and stay on plant till spring, then fall.  Berries black when ripe.

 

Arctostaphylos alpinus

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jun 1969 Scotland)

  Arctostaphylos alpinus

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Aug 1987 Vikafjell, Norway)


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