bunchberry Cornaceae Cornus canadensis
Leaf:Opposite (almost appearing whorled in a group of 4 to 6), simple, 2 to 3 inches long, (leaves lower on the stem much smaller and almost scale-like) arcuately veined, entire margin, dark green above, paler below, very short petiole.
Flower:Species is monoecious; very small, white, surrounded by 4 large, white petal-like bracts, similar to flowering dogwood but smaller, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Bright red berry in a tight cluster, each 1/3 inch across, terminal clusters occur on a slender stem, ripen in late summer.
Twig:Barely woody except at the base, green.
Form:Very short, 4 to 6 inches tall ending in a cluster of 4 to 6 leaves.