Uniquely identifiable characteristics
Distinguishing Feature : see photos!
No relation to :
Dwarf Amaranth (Amaranthus macrocarpus),
Dwarf Birch (Betula nana),
Dwarf Sedge (Carex hostiana),
Dwarf Mouse-ear (Cerastium pumilum), Dwarf Thistle (Cirsium acaule),
Dwarf Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster nanshan),
Dwarf Spike-rush (Eleocharis parvula), Dwarf Spurge (Euphorbia exigua),
Dwarf Cudweed (Gnaphalium supinum),
Dwarf Rush (Juncus capitatus),
Dwarf Juniper (Juniperus communis ssp. nana),
Dwarf Mallow (Malva neglecta),
Dwarf Stonewort (Nitella tenuissima),
Dwarf Mountain-pine (Pinus mugo),
Dwarf Bamboo (Pleioblastus pygmaeus),
Dwarf Milkwort (Polygala amarella),
Dwarf Cherry (Prunus cerasus), Dwarf Willow (Salix herbacea), Dwarf Elder (Sambucus ebulus),
Dwarf Marigold (Schkuhria pinnata), Dwarf Gorse (Ulex minor),
Dwarf Pansy (Viola kitaibeliana) nor
Dwarf Eel-grass (Zostera noltei), [plants with similar names belonging to differing families].
The plant is an uncommon [R] and grows mainly on the mountains on the west side of northern Scotland, but apparently can get as far south as the hills in South Lancashire, although your Author has never seen one there (nor at all, come to think of it). It grows amidst moorland plants such as
Heather, Bilberry, Bearberry, Crowberry and underneath taller plants such as Bracken - which all hate alkaline soils as does Dwarf Cornel. It is short and with few if any branches, up to 20cm high, and spreads by underground rhizomes.