West Highland Flora

Bearberry


Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

 

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Aug 2003 Suardal, Skye
Fruit 7.5 mm across at widest

Occasional on moorland, forming shrubby mats over rocks or dry banks.

Flowers c 5-8 mm long, leaves c 1-2 cm, fruit c 6-8 mm

ID: Woody shrub with leathery, conspicuously veined, untoothed leaves, not having downturned edges like Cowberry.

Other features: Evergreen, previous year's leaves always present and darker than the current year's.  Flowers 5-lobed, bell-shaped, in clusters of about 6-10, pinkish-white.  Fruit a red berry

 

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi in fruit

Photo Carl Farmer
(7 Aug 2005 Bettyhill, Sutherland)
Bottom left berry c 7 mm wide

 

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Aug 2003 Suardal, Skye
 

Bushy tangle of Bearberry sprawling over limestone rock


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