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CROWBERRY, or CRAKEBERRY

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 513 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CROWBERRY, or CRAKEBERRY, the English name for a low-growing heath-like shrub, found on heaths and rocks in Scotland, Ireland and mountainous parts of England. It is known botanic-ally as Empetrum nigrum, and has slender, wiry, spreading branches covered with short, narrow, stiff Ieaves, the margins of which are recurved so as to form a hollow cylinder concealing the hairy under face of the leaf—a device to avoid excessive loss of water from the leaf under the exposed conditions in which the plant grows. The minute flowers are succeeded by black, edible, berry-like fruits, one-fourth to one-third of an inch in diameter. The plant has a wide distribution, occurring in suitable localities throughout the north temperate zone, and on the Andes of South America.
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