West Highland Flora

Small Cranberry


Vaccinium microcarpum

 

Vaccinium microcarpum

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jul 1997 Grostjorn, Norway)

Rare, in wet moorland

Flower diameter c 7-10 mm.  Fruit c 6-8 mm.

ID: Flower (no pics yet) with 4 narrow pink petals curved backwards and 8 yellow stamens clustered together pointing forwards.  Also recognisable in fruit by the fact that the berry is on a slender stalk several times as long as itself.  Told from the very similar V oxycoccos by the flower/fruit stalks being hairless or almost hairless.  They are covered with minute hairs in V oxycoccos.

Other features: Evergreen shrub, low on ground, often hidden by heather.  Leaves shiny green above, pale blue-green beneath, arranged alternately along the stem and quite well separated, their margins turned under.  Fruit pale green at first, eventually red or brownish, often spotted.  Fruit-stalk has 2 small bracts just below the mid-point.


Vaccinium microcarpum

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jul 1997 Grostjorn, Norway)

 

Vaccinium microcarpum

Photo John Birks
Dept of Biology, Univ. of Bergen
(Jul 1997 Grostjorn, Norway)


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