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General Plant Information



  Common Name:
  Scientific Name:
  Dwarf Dogwood, Bunchberry
  Cornus Canadensis
  Family:
  Genus:
  Cornaceae
  Cornus
  Habitat:
  Sun Exposure:
  Forrest
  Shadow
  Overall Height:
  Flower Size:
  4 to 7 inches
  1 to 1.5 inches (each inflorescence)
  Flower Color:



Cornus Canadensis is a subshrub commonly found in Alaskan forrests. They can also be found in alpine areas. Common names for this species are Dwarf Dogwood, Bunchberry, Crackerberry.

The flower structure is not typical: the 4 white "petals" are not actually part of the flower. In fact, they are bracts (specialized leaves) rather than petals. The inflorescence (flower cluster) is composed of a multitude of tiny flowers that are just a few millimeters across. The picture above shows the cluster of pinkish flowers at the center of the 4 white bracts.






Berries in the Fall




In the fall, the leaves turn bright orange and the flowers yield clusters of red berries.






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