Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Gaylussacia dumosa (Andr.) Torr. & Gray
- Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: This is the only huckleberry that has bracts persistent when the fruits mature and
young branchlets with curly hairs.
- Habitat: Moist or dry soils in woodlands and pinelands; bogs.
- Habit: Clone-forming shrub up to 15 feet tall, with underground runners.
- Stems: Gray, branched, with curly glandular hairs, at least when young.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, not evergreen, oblanceolate to elliptic, rounded or pointed at the tip,
tapering to the base, without teeth or rarely with very tiny rounded teeth, hairy at first, but at
maturity usually hairy only on the veins and the edges of the leaves, sparsely dotted, up to
1 1/2 inches long, up to 1 inch wide.
- Flowers: Several in racemes up to 15 inches long, bell-shaped, up to 1/3 inch long, each flower
subtended by oval bracts that persist until after the fruit matures.
- Sepals: 5, green, hairy, united into a small cup.
- Petals: 5, white or pinkish, united to form a short, cylindrical tube.
- Stamens: 10.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Berry-like drupes black, up to 1/3 inch in diameter, not sweet; nutlets 10.
- Notes: The fruits of this species are not prized by humans for food.
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