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Family: Cornaceae

Group: Vascular Plant, Species

Scientific NameCommon NameSummary
Cornus canadensisBunchberryCommon in forests, forest edges, and some open areas. There are many collections in ARCTOS identified as this species. However, strictly speaking, it may be that at least some of the are Western Cordilleran Bunchberry (Cornus unalaschkensis), the hybrid between this species and Bog Bunchberry (Cornus suecica). In the Sitka area, it seems there are very few plants with flower petals that do not have purple on them to at least a certain extent, and it may be similar in other parts of the region.
Cornus sericeaRed-osier DogwoodCollections in ARCTOS from throughout much of the region away from the outer coast. There are no collections from the gulf coast, nor the west side of the outer islands. (One partial exception is a collection from the north half of Prince of Wales Island.)
Cornus suecicaBog BunchberryFairly Common perennial herb in muskegs.

Several collections scattered from throughout the region identified as this species in ARCTOS (also some additional ones identified as intermediate between this species and Cornus canadensis).

Apparently Southeast Alaska is near the southern limit of this species in western North America, as there appears to be only a single collection from coastal British Columbia (where it is a listed species).
Cornus unalaschkensisWestern Cordilleran BunchberryProbably Fairly Common. Collections from through out much of the region (including some identified as hybrids between this species and Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)).