The Bunchberry (Dogwood; Dwarf Cornel) (Cornus Canadensis)
This small (three to four inches wide) herb of the forest floor, surprisingly, is of the dogwood family, one that mainly consists of bushes and tall trees. The short stem of the bunchberry supports a whirl of broad, smooth edged leaves: 'ovate, pointed, with veins curved into an arc." On the top, sunny-side up, is the single flower, seemingly, with four white petals; I say seemingly because in fact they are bracts. Within is a cluster of tiny yellowish-green flowers. Later in the season the flowers develop into a bunch of bright red berries. One shouldn't have any difficulty finding the bunchberry, it will often be found covering the forest floor, especially where it is cool and damp. The red berries are edible but some what tasteless. Could be thrown into a pudding for color.