Cornus canadensis

(Bunchberry Dogwood)

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Cornus canadensis, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 7133

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Cornus canadensis, Peaks Trail, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5623

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Cornus canadensis, Peaks Trail, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5508

Scientific Name Cornus canadensis USDA PLANTS Symbol COCA13
Common Name Bunchberry Dogwood ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 27816
Family Cornaceae (Dogwood) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane (6900 to 10000 ft.); moist, shady areas, streamsides.
Plant: Slow-growing herbaceous subshrub 2 to 8 inches tall, generally forming a carpet-like mat; slender and unbranched stems.
Leaves: Clusters of 6 elliptic to ovate leaves in a terminal whorl; 2 larger blades up to 3 inches long and 4 smaller blades.
Inflorescence: Multiple very tiny white flowers less than 1/10 inch across with 4 petals, surrounded by four large showy white bracts, broadly ovate and 3/8 to 1 inch long with parallel veins.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams and Wikipedia.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
RARE

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