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Cornus unalaschkensis
western bunchberry

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to northern California, east to western Montana.

Habitat: Moist woods, low elevations to the subalpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Beetles


Low sub-shrub from widely spreading rhizomes, the stem erect, 5-20 cm. tall, largely herbaceous, greenish to reddish, leafless or bracteate below.


True leaves in a terminal whorl, elliptic or ovate-elliptic, sub-sessile, 2-8 cm. long, green on the upper surface, paler and glaucous beneath.


Flowers in a pedunculate, greatly condensed and semi-capitate cyme, subtended by 4 white, pinkish- or purplish-tinged, broadly to narrowly ovate bracts 1-2 cm. long; sepals 4, very small; petals 4, 1-1.5 mm. long, greenish-white, often purplish-tinged.


Drupes 6-8 mm. long, bright coral-red.

Accepted Name:
Cornus unalaschkensis Ledeb.
Publication: Flora Rossica 2: 378. 1844.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cornus unalaschkensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Cornus unalaschkensis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Cornus unalaschkensis information

E-Flora BC: Cornus unalaschkensis atlas page

CalPhotos: Cornus unalaschkensis photos

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