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Cranberry [Vaccinium Oxycoccos (small) and v. macrocarpon (large)]

The cranberry is a creepy crawler. It is a trailing evergreen plant which is very low to the ground. The botanical name is of Greek origin, from oxus, sour, and coccus, a berry. It is a bog plant and is often associated with mats of sphagnum moss. The large cranberry (v. macrocarpon) is the one the berry pickers are after late in the fall. Look around the margins of lakes during June and July for the tiny peach-blossom tinted flowers. The flowers have four, deep, petal-like divisions which later curl back, revealing the inner parts. Though not difficult to find in the right habitant, the most impressive spread that I remember seeing was on the southern banks Lake Rossignol, where there will also be found the sundew.

An image of Cranberries

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Peter Landry

2011