Page author: David Giblin
Cornus unalaschkensis
western bunchberry
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska, much of Canada, and the northern tier of states in the United States.

Habitat: Moist woods, low to mid-elevations.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Low sub-shrub from widely spreading rhizomes, the stem erect, 5-20 cm. tall, largely herbaceous, greenish to reddish, leafless or bracteate below.

Leaves:

True leaves in a terminal whorl, elliptic or ovate-elliptic, sub-sessile, 2-8 cm. long, green on the upper surface, paler and glaucous beneath.

Flowers:

Flowers in a pedunculate, greatly condensed and semi-capitate cyme, subtended by 4 white, pinkish- or purplish-tinged, broadly to narrowly ovate bracts 1-2 cm. long; sepals 4, very small; petals 4, 1-1.5 mm. long, greenish-white, often purplish-tinged.

Fruits:

Drupes 6-8 mm. long, bright coral-red.

Accepted Name:
Cornus unalaschkensis Ledeb.
Publication: Flora Rossica 2: 378. 1844.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cornus unalaschkensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cornus unalaschkensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cornus unalaschkensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cornus unalaschkensis photos.

USDA Plants: Cornus unalaschkensis information.

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