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cranberry (Vaccinium spp.; HEATH FAMILY [Ericaceae]) Tiny, trailing shrubs with ascending branches bearing tiny (<") evergreen leaves.  Nodding flowers pink or red, with what appear to be four recurved petals [actually corolla lobes].  Stamens converge to a point, forming a cone pointing forward and giving the whole flower a shooting star appearance.  Fruit a disproportionately large (-") acidic red berry.  The two Wisconsin species differ in flower position and somewhat in size, and are found in acid bogs.  Flowers from late spring to mid summer.  [067]

 

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