Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Vaccinium corymbosum L.
- Family: Heath (Ericaceae)
- Flowering: July-August
- Field Marks: This Vaccinium has cylindrical flowers borne in racemes and bluish fruits.
- Habitat: Bogs, flatwoods, low pinelands, swamps, bottomlands, rich woods, bayheads.
- Habit: Much branched shrub up to 15 feet tall.
- Stems: Woody, smooth or hairy, minutely warty.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, oval to oblong, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, toothless or
finely toothed, smooth on the upper surface, paler and hairy on the lower surface, at least on the
veins, up to 3 inches long, up to 1 1/2 inches wide.
- Flowers: Several borne in short racemes.
- Sepals: 5, green, united at the base.
- Petals: 5, white, rarely pink, united into a short cylinder up to 1/2 inch long.
- Stamens: 10.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Berries bluish, spherical, up to 1/3 inch in diameter.
- Notes: The fruits are edible.
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