Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry, Kinnikinik) - photos and description




General: Prostrate woody plant which forms large mats on the ground.

Flowers: Clusters of small, nodding, white, urn-shaped flowers with a pink rim. Flowers measured at 6 mm long, and 5 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are alternate, obovate, entire, thick, have a waxy feel, dark green on top, lighter green on the bottom. We measured a leaf at 23 mm long (including petiole), and 9 mm wide.

Height: Not applicable, we measured stems to 50 cm long.

Habitat: Woods or scrub throughout much of Saskatchewan, often in sandy soil.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken May 20th edge of mixed woods, Cypress Hills, 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.