Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.
Common Name: BEARBERRY, KINNIKINICK
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt Shrub

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi A. A. Reznicek

One of the few species of Ericaceae not characteristic of acid habitats. Often forms large mats on sand dunes as well as jack pine and oak plains and on limestone pavements and gravel ridges (or other rock in the western Upper Peninsula).

The generic name and specific epithet both mean “bearberry,” in Greek and Latin, respectively. Whether the species forms any part of the diet of bears is, however, doubtful. The leaf blades are mostly 1–2.5 cm long, often slightly obovate.

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
    Only on Charity Island
Baraga County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Clare County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Houghton County
Huron County
Iosco County
Iron County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Montcalm County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oceana County
Ontonagon County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 18, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1208.