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/bear·ber·ry/ (ber´ber-e)


Herbal medicine
An evergreen shrub, the leaves of which contain allantoin, arbutin, flavonoids, phenolic acid and tannins; it is diuretic and tonic, and has been used by herbalists to treat urinary infections and low back pain.

Bearberry should not be used in pregnancy, as it stimulates uterine contractions and may cause nausea, tinnitus and convulsions.


A shrub (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) whose dried leaves are used in various formulations; studies suggest value in diabetes and weight loss; purported value as a diuretic; use has been known to discolor urine.
Synonym(s): crowberry, foxberry, uva-ursi.

bearberry (ber·ber·ē),

n Latin names:
Arctostaphylos uvaursi, Arctostaphylos coactylis, Arctostaphylos adenotricha; parts used: dried leaves; uses: antimicrobial, antiinflam-matory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, urinary infections; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, diuretic medications, NSAIDs, mutagenic, carcinogenic, hepatotoxicity; not recommended for long-term use. Also called
arctostaphylos, bear's grape, crowberry, foxberry, hogberry, kinnikinnick, manzanita, mountain box, or
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It comprised mostly subalpine ground with tallish heather, blaeberry, and crowberry, with some patches of short heath.
and rowan Sorbus aucuparia, and the ground layer is dominated by dwarf shrubs, such as heather Calluna vulgaris and berry-bearing species, including bilberry, lingonberry and crowberry (Elfstrom et al.
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The fertilised grasses take a hold in the peat giving native plants, such as crowberry, bilberry and cotton grass, a chance to establish.
The surface of the bog is waterlogged in many places providing habitats for sphagnum mosses and other uncommon plants such as crowberry, cross-leaved heath and hare's-tail cotton grass.
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Xeromorphic evergreen leaves are typical of many other vascular plants of the boreal forests, including pteridophytes such as club mosses (Lycopodium); rhododendrons (Rhododendron, Ericaceae); blueberries, cranberries, and cowberries (Vaccinium); marsh rosemary (Ledum palustre, Ericaceae); bog rosemary (Andromeda, Ericaceae); bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Ericaceae); Scotch heather or ling (Calluna vulgaris, Ericaceae); wintergreen (Pyrola, Pyrolaceae); pipsissewa (Chimaphila, Pyrolaceae); one-flowered shinleaf (Moneses, Pyrolaceae); crowberry (Empetrum nigrum, Empetraceae); twinflower (Linnaea borealis, Caprifoliaceae); holly (Ilex rugosa, Aquifoliaceae); and skimmias (Skimmia repens, Rutaceae).