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Bunchberry Dogwood - Cornus canadensis
Other Names:  Chamaepericlymenum canadense

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5
C-value: 7

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General Description
Stems erect, 5–20 cm with paired, narrowly elliptic, membranous bracts below. Herbage strigose. Leaves subsessile, paler beneath, 1–7 cm long, 4 to 7 whorled at stem tips, usually smaller pair below. Inflorescence a dense, capitate, hemispheric cyme subtended by 4 white, ovate, petal-like bracts, 6–25 mm long. Flowers: petals 1–2 mm long. Drupe red, 4–8 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
AK to Greenland south to CA, NM, OH, NJ; Asia (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 924

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Deep, moist, coniferous forest, rarely on hummocks in fens; valleys to lower subalpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus pensylvanicus, and Bombus griseocollis (Colla and Dumesh 2010, Williams et al. 2014).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141:39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 208 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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