Gaultheria ovatifolia

western tea-berry, Oregon wintergreen

Gaultheria ovatifolia is a small, mat-like shrub growing only to about 5 cm tall. The leaves alternate, are green throughout the year, and are leathery, shiny, and egg to heart-shaped. These leaves are approximately 2-4 cm long with finely toothed edges. Flowers are white or pink and bell-shaped, turning to bright red berries 6-8 mm in diameter. 

Location Description: 

Gaultheria ovatifolia grows primarily in the Olympic Mountains and Washington State Cascades, though it's range does extend north into BC and as far sourth as northern California. This plant can be found in moist forests, wetlands, and bogs from mid to alpine elevations.