Blunt-Leaf Cranberry
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Blunt-Leaf Cranberry
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Blunt-Leaf Cranberry
Botanical name: Vaccinium retusum    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)
Synonyms: Thibaudia retusa

Blunt-Leaf Cranberry is a dwarf, evergreen shrub, often growing on other trees, about 30 cm tall. Flower are urn-shaped, white with 5 red stripes below, about 0.5 mm; lobes small. Stamens are shorter than flower. Flowers are borne in virtually branch-end racemes 3-5 cm long, about 12-flowered. Axis is densely velvet-hairy to hairless; bracts ovate-round, about 1.1 cm. Flower-stalks are about 3 mm, hairless. Hypanthium is about 1.3 mm, hairless; sepals 0.8-1 mm, with marginal hairs. Twigs are spreading, angled, densely velvet-hairy when young, becoming hairless. Leaves are dense; leaf-stalk 2-3 mm, velvet-hairy; leaf blade elliptic or obovate, 2-2.5 x 0.9-1.4 cm, leathery, almost hairless, base wedge-shaped, tip rounded, often notched. Berries are 10-celled, black-purple, about 5 mm in diameter. Blunt-Leaf Cranberry is found in Eastern Himalaya, from Nepal to NE India, N. Burma, at altitudes of 1400-3600 m.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju Photographed in Sandakphu, West Bengal.

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