(name from the Greek, meaning a bear and a bunch of grapes. Why grouped in a name is unexplained).

Family, Heath. Color, white, or sometimes tinged with pink. Leaves, alternate, thick, evergreen, broader at apex, narrowing at base, entire, small, smooth, dark green on both sides. Calyx, 5-parted. Corolla, urn-shape, with 5 short teeth, turning back" ward. Stamens, 10; anthers with minute bristles near the top, opening by terminal pores. Fruit, a red, berry-like drupe, with 5 to 10 bony seeds. These berries make winter food for birds. Flowers, in a raceme on the ends of trailing stems, with scaly bracts underneath. May.

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva ursi)

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi)

A trailing shrub, 6 to 24 inches long, in dry, sandy, or rocky soil, from New Jersey and Pennsylvania northward into the arctic regions, westward to Missouri. (Sec illustration, p. 416.)