Common name: Chilean heath, prickly heath
Gaultheria mucronata is an evergreen shrub native to Tierra del Fuego, where it takes full coastal conditions which are very inhospitable. It has tough, leathery leaves. It belongs to the Heather family and is dioecious, therefore needing a male plant amongst the female ones in order for them to produce those lovely berries that stay on all winter because the birds don't find them tasty. These plants used to be part of the Pernettya species, which has been merged with Gaultheria.
Text by Erica Dunn
Berry photo by Midge Oke.
Flower photo by A. Barra, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
Bush photo by CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3830494