Vascular Plants - Ericaceae - Arctostaphylos:
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Page Author: David Giblin
kinnikinnick, red bearberry 
Blooms: April-June
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; Alaska south to California and New Mexico, east to the Atlantic Coast; circumboreal.
Habitat: Coastal bluffs and prairies, rocky balds, dry subalpine meadows, and dry coniferous forest.
Species Description:

General: Shrub; stems trailing across ground, less than 2 dm tall.
Leaves: Alternate, 1-3 cm long, dark green, leathery, rounded at tip.
Flowers: Light pink urn-shaped flowers in small clusters near tips of stems.
Fruits: Bright red round berries 7-10 mm in diameter.

Distinguishing Characteristics: Low spreading shrub; leaves rounded at tip and about 2 cm. long; berries red rather than brown. Compare to A. nevadensis.
Accepted Name:
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.
Synonyms:
Arbutus uva-ursi L.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Arctostaphylos uva-ursi specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi treatment.

E-Flora BC: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi images.

USDA Plants Database: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi.
Additional photographs of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Ben Legler, 2003

Ben Legler, 2003

Ben Legler, 2003

Ben Legler, 2004

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Clayton J. Antieau, 1988

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Clayton J. Antieau, 1989

Clayton J. Antieau, 1990

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

Dana Visalli

H. Tim Gladwin, 1999

H. Tim Gladwin

H. Tim Gladwin

H. Tim Gladwin, 1999

H. Tim Gladwin, 1999

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Richard Old

Richard Old

Richard Old

Tim Hagan, 2003

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2005

Rod Gilbert, 2003

Paul Slichter, 2009

Paul Slichter, 2009

Harry Thomas, 2008

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Ron Bockelman, 2010

Ron Bockelman, 2012

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2011

Ron Bockelman, 2012

Susan McDougall, 2004

Susan McDougall, 2004

Brian Luther, 2014

Brian Luther, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

Craig Althen, 2010

Craig Althen, 2010

Thayne Tuason, 2011
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