lingonberry Ericaceae Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Leaf:Alternate, simple, persistent, egg-shaped, 1/2 to 1 inch long, thick, margins slightly revolute, shiny green above, light green beneath and spotted with short stiff brown hairs.
Flower:Perfect, one to several small, nodding, pink flowers that grow on short stalks at the ends of twigs; corolla is pink and bell shaped about 1/4 inch long with 4 short lobes, appearing in early summer.
Fruit:Bright red berries, 1/4 to 1/3 inch in diameter, edible when ripe in late summer.
Twig:Slender and trailing, light brown to yellow in color, root at nodes.
Bark:Plants hug the ground so bark is hard to see, branches are minutely pubescent, later splotchy brown.
Form:Mat-forming, evergreen, creeping shrub, usually under 3 inches tall. Its slender stems root adventitiously helping to create this form.