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Trailing or ascending stems from rhizomes, less than 8 in. tall, evergreen leaves turning red in winter or sometimes deciduous. Leaves 4–6 in whorl with short petioles. Above leaves is a single head of 4 whitish petal-like bracts with small flowers in center. Fruit is a tight bunch of red berries, each with 1 pit.
Grows in deep duff of moist forests or bogs throughout western mountains.
Spotted on the Van Trump Park Trail at Mt. Rainier National Park.