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ARCTIC BEARBERRY

MOUNTAIN BEARBERRY, BLACK BEARBERRY, ALPINE BEARBERRY

Arctostaphylos alpinus

Heather Family [Ericaceae]  

Flowers:
month8may month8jun month8june month8jul month8july month8aug

Berries: berryZpossible        berryZblack  (edible, but with many seeds)
berry8jul berry8july bury8aug berry8Sep berry8Sept berry8Oct

category
category8UnderShrubs
category
category8Evergreen
category
category8Broadleaf
status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8green
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ1
type
typeZbell
stem
stem8round

2nd Sept 2009, Hoy, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
Growing on high windswept and rugged moorland. Seemingly 'hides' in the nook of small stones, affording little protection.


2nd Sept 2009, Hoy, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
Leaves are deciduous, robust & glossy leathery and net-veined. Main stem in this example is woody and thick, indicating great longevity.


7th July 2009, Hoy, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
The leaves are curled backwards, the stems reddened and the berries un-ripe.


2nd Sept 2009, Hoy, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
Berries sparse and red at first.


2nd Sept 2009, Hoy, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
Leaves dark-green and deeply veined. Berry blackens when ripe and has red dimpled crater.


2nd Sept 2009, Hoy, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
The red dimpled crater of the black berries.


2nd Sept 2009, Hoy, Scotland. Photo: © Derek Mayes
Leaves turn red in autumn before being shed.


Related to : Bearberry, but Bearberry has a red berry whereas Alpine Bearberry has a black berry.

An undershrub confined mostly to the higher windswept sparsely-vegetated stony moorland North and North-West of Scotland. Not found in England, Wales or Ireland. The badge of the Ross Clan.

The berries are edible when ripe.


  Arctostaphylos alpinus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Ericaceae  

Distribution
 family8Heather family8Ericaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Arctostaphylos
Arctostaphylos
(Bearberries)

ARCTIC BEARBERRY

MOUNTAIN BEARBERRY, BLACK BEARBERRY, ALPINE BEARBERRY

Arctostaphylos alpinus

Heather Family [Ericaceae]  

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