FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Vaccinium microcarpum, small cranberry

Vaccinium microcarpum; the small cranberry can be found in northern and northwestern regions of Iceland and some local spots elsewhere. It grows in wet bogs. It has pink flowers bent downwoards with the petals bent backwards giving them a point-like shape like Cyclames. The plants are small with creeping stems of a few decimeters long. The leaves have a slight triangular shape with the edges curled backward. It is a member of the heath family (Ericaceae). Some use the Latin name Oxycoccus microcarpus for this species. The Icelandic name of this species is Mýraberjalyng.

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