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Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)
Also known as: crackerberry, dwarf cornel
General: Low, erect woodland plant, about 10 cm tall, that grows in colonies.
Leaves & Twigs: Smooth-edged, oval leaves with parallel veins. Four to six leaves form a ring around the stem.
Flowers & Fruit: Each plant has a single cluster with four showy white bracts that look like petals. In the centre are the true flowers, which are tiny and either green, purple, or cream-coloured. The fruits are red berries that appear later in the summer.
Habitat: A forest plant, bunchberry tolerates a variety of soil and site conditions.
Sampling: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a 1-metre-square section to observe.