Keith Ball (October)
We spotted these Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) flowers whilst out practising navigation on a recent Walking Group Leader Training Course. This is a ground hugging shrub that produces white flowers that turn into bright red berries.
They are easily distinguished from most dwarf shrubs by the dark waxy appearance of their leaves, an alpine adaptation to reduce dehydration in their windy environment. Only Bearberry has similar leaves. An easy way to identify Cowberry is by the peppered appearance on the underside of their leaves, this is caused by the dark stomata.