Definition of bunchberry in US English:

bunchberry

nounPlural bunchberries

  • A low-growing plant of the dogwood family, which produces white flowers followed by red berries and bright red autumn foliage. It is native to North America, eastern Asia, and Greenland.

    Cornus canadensis, family Cornaceae

    • ‘It eats mainly caterpillars, ants, wasps, beetles, flies; in late summer eats more fruit - blueberries, bunchberries, snowberries, red-berried alder, and wild grapes.’
    • ‘Tiny insects can trigger an explosive opening of mature bunchberry flowers; they are showered with pollen as they fly away to pollinate the next bunchberry plant.’
    • ‘Scientifically, bunchberry is Cornus canadensis while our other friend is Maianthemum canadense, both obviously very patriotic plants, growing right across the country.’
    • ‘According to Walker, Cornus canadensis, bunchberries, can be found in clearings and moist woodlands.’
    • ‘Trailing twin flower, bunchberries, queen's cup, and the tiniest of woodland orchids might be found.’
    • ‘The rapid opening of the bunchberry is thought to enhance cross-pollination in two ways.’
    • ‘Tiny insects can trigger an explosive opening of mature bunchberry flowers, and are showered with pollen as they fly away.’
    • ‘It is not the most effective method of pollination, & bunchberries have never been grown primarily for their fruit because the shrublet simply will not produce a lot of fruit.’
    • ‘Common sphagnum bog herbs are bunchberries, sundews (Drosera sp.) and bog orchids.’
    • ‘There is a possible gradient effect occurring along transects running from the interior of buffer zones to the interior of harvest treatments on the reproductive biology of bunchberry located in conifer dominated forests.’
    • ‘Native Americans ate the fruit of bunchberries and wintergreen, and boiled the plants to produce a cold remedy.’
    • ‘The bunchberry dogwood plant is a low-growing perennial that is usually under eight inches tall.’
    • ‘American dogwoods include the miner's dogwood, C. sessilis, whose fruits are sweet when fully ripe, and the less flavourful bunchberry, C. canadensis.’
    • ‘In the fall, each bunchberry produces a cluster of bright red 1 / 4-inch berries at the end of the stem.’
    • ‘As I worked in my yard, I would take any bunchberry growing where I did not want it, and place it where I did.’
    • ‘In particular, the bunchberries number on the forest floor was close to 1500.’
    • ‘The photo above shows the fruits of bunchberry as seen along the Wind River Road at Road #3054… August 26, 2005.’
    • ‘Berry Plants - Local berry plants include high and lowbush cranberries, high and lowbush blueberries, saskatoon berries, bunchberries, raspberries, blackberries, chokecherries, wild strawberries, and wild rose.’
    • ‘On some of the hikes, the forest floor was carpeted with bunchberries.’

Pronunciation

bunchberry

/ˈbən(t)SHˌberē/