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Cornus canadensis L.
bunchberry dogwood



General Information
Symbol: COCA13
Group: Dicot
Family: Cornaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Shrub
Subshrub
Native Status: CAN   N
GL   N
SPM   N
L48   N
AK   N
Data Source and Documentation
Plants-NRCS Logos
green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   

Images

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Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute. Usage Requirements.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester. Courtesy of USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute. Usage Requirements.

©Gary A. Monroe. United States, WA, Lewis Co. Usage Requirements.

©Gary A. Monroe. United States, WA, Lewis Co. Usage Requirements.

©Thomas G. Barnes. Usage Requirements.

©Thomas G. Barnes. Usage Requirements.

Steve Hurst. Provided by ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory. United States, MI, Harrisville. Usage Requirements.

R.A. Howard. ©Smithsonian Institution. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection. United States, NH. Usage Requirements.

R.A. Howard. ©Smithsonian Institution. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection. United States, NH. Usage Requirements.

R.A. Howard. ©Smithsonian Institution. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection. United States, ME, Campobello. Usage Requirements.

R.A. Howard. ©Smithsonian Institution. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection. Usage Requirements.

R.A. Howard. ©Smithsonian Institution. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection. United States, ME, Roque Island. Usage Requirements.

©Mary Clay Stensvold. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Plant Image Collection. United States, AK, S.E. region, Sitka area, Harris Island. Usage Requirements.

©Mary Clay Stensvold. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Plant Image Collection. United States, AK, S.E. region, Sitka area, Harris Island. Usage Requirements.

H.L. Shantz. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, AK. 1938. Usage Requirements.

E.S. Shipp. Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from US Forest Service. United States, AK, Tongass National Forest. 1930. Usage Requirements.

©Mark W. Skinner. United States, AK, Denali National Park, Window Lake. August 17, 1990. Usage Requirements.

©Mark W. Skinner. United States, AK, Denali National Park, Window Lake. August 17, 1990. Usage Requirements.

©Nelson DeBarros. United States. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 664. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
CHCA24 Chamaepericlymenum canadense (L.) Asch. & Graebn.
COCA27 Cornella canadensis (L.) Rydb.
COCAD Cornus canadensis L. var. dutillyi (Lepage) B. Boivin

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Cornales
Family Cornaceae – Dogwood family
Genus Cornus L. – dogwood
Species Cornus canadensis L. – bunchberry dogwood

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Illinois
bunchberry
Endangered
Indiana
bunchberry
Endangered
Iowa
bunchberry
Threatened
Maryland
bunchberry
Endangered
Ohio
bunchberry
Threatened

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Alaska FACU
Arid West FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACU
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FAC
Great Plains FACU
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FAC

Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Martin Low
Quinlan Low Moderate

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Martin
Quinlan Moderate Moderate

Sources

Martin, A.C., H.S. Zim, and A.L. Nelson. 1951. American wildlife and plants: A guide to wildlife food habits. Dover Publications. New York.
Quinlan, S.E., and S. Cuccarese. 2004. Native Alaskan and exotic plants used by wildlife. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Anchorage.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover