Page author: David Giblin
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
red bearberry, kinnikinnik
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

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.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

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.

Identification Notes:

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.
Publication: Syst. Veg. 2: 287. 1825. 1825.

Synonyms:
Arbutus uva-ursi L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi checklist entry.

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

CalPhotos: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi photos.

USDA Plants: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi information.

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