Dwarf Dogwood grows about 7-10" tall and bears tiny flowers a few millimetres across that form an inflorescence at the center of four white, petal-like bracts 1-1.5" in diameter. Each flower has very elastic petals that flip backward, releasing springy filaments that are cocked underneath the petals. When the filaments snap upward they fling pollen out of containers that are hinged to the filaments. This motion takes place in less than half a millisecond and the pollen undergoes 800 times the acceleration that the Space Shuttle does during liftoff. The fruits are edible with a mild apple-like flavour. Here in Alaska, bunchberry is an important forage plant for mule deer, black-tailed deer and moose.
Woodlands - June
Alpine - July