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Last updated 11/3/2009 by David Giblin.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.[FNA8, HC, HC2]
red bearberry, kinnikinnik

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

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA8: "Arctostaphylos uva-ursi exhibits great variation in indument associated with the young twigs. Most of this variation has historically been separated into subspecies, except that a recent analysis of the group suggested environmentally-based variation in these characters (T. J. Rosatti 1987b). This is the most widely distributed of all Arctostaphylos species and is the only one found outside of North America. Two ploidy levels are common, and populations sometimes contain both diploids and tetraploids. More work on this widespread species will likely elucidate its variation in morphology and ploidy. Infraspecific taxa may well be recognized once these patterns are further assessed.

A form with somewhat puberulent and larger leaves has been described as Arctostaphylos √ómedia Greene. It occurs along the northern California coast and in Oregon and Washington. It is assumed to be a hybrid between A. uva-ursi and A. columbiana. Similarly, in the Rocky Mountains in areas with both A. uva-ursi and A. patula, hybrids have been called A. coloradensis Rollins."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Arbutus uva-ursi L.