E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Cornus suecica L.
dwarf bog bunchberry (Lapland cornel)
Cornaceae (Dogwood family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a rhizome; stems erect, 4-26 cm tall, minutely bristly with 2-pronged hairs.
1-2 pairs of stem leaves below the terminal pair or whorl of 4-6 leaves, egg-shaped to elliptic, unstalked, lateral veins arising from the base of the leaf or nearly so, sparsely hairy above, glabrous and paler below.
Inflorescence of solitary, umbrella-shaped clusters subtended by 4 white, yellowish, pinkish or purplish bracts; petals and sepals dark purplish.
Fleshy drupes, 7-12 mm long, red.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic forests and meadows in the lowland to alpine zones; rare in coastal BC; circumpolar, N to AK and NT and E to NF; Greenland, Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Cornus suecica

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 244 686 1075
Slope Gradient (%) 2 19 45
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
20 159 240
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BAFA(1), ICH(8), IDF(1), MH(1), SWB(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Chamaepericlymenum suecicum (L.) Asch. & Graebn.
Cornella suecica (L.) Rydb.
Swida suecica (L.) Holub

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