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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae   Go to FSUS key



SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 8 (2009)

Vaccinium erythrocarpum ssp. erythrocarpum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)

Vaccinium erythrocarpum

SYNONYMOUS WITH The genus Vaccinium L. (Ericaceae) in Virginia (Uttal, 1987)

Vaccinium erythrocarpum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-19-013:

Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)

Hugeria erythrocarpa

 

COMMON NAME:
Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry


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image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum, Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_oxer_001_lvd

        

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum, Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmverythrocarpum_gfm2

June    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

Easily identified by its distinctive slender, red, 4-parted flowers, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition (Justice, Bell, & Lindsey, 2005).

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum, Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmverythrocarpum_mm1

June    Yancey County    NC

Mount Mitchell

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum, Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry

Stephanie C. Brundage    scb_062921otto32

June    Macon County    NC

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum, Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry

Stephanie C. Brundage    scb_062921otto33

June    Macon County    NC

image of Vaccinium erythrocarpum, Bearberry, Highbush Cranberry, Mountain Cranberry

JK Marlow    jkm080924_077

September    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves finely serrate, glabrous, long-pointed. Fruit borne on long stalks, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge (Lance).

 

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/14/23):
Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 8
Vaccinium erythrocarpum ssp. erythrocarpum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
Vaccinium erythrocarpum

SYNONYMOUS WITH The genus Vaccinium L. (Ericaceae) in Virginia (Uttal, 1987)
Vaccinium erythrocarpum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 145-19-013:
Vaccinium erythrocarpum   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Hugeria erythrocarpa

 

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1584

Shrub
Perennial

Habitat: Rocky ridges, shrub or grassy balds, bogs, spruce-fir forests, usually at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare in GA

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink
4-lobed calyx
4-lobed corolla (lobes strongly recurved)
8 stamens
Inferior ovary
Bisexual

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red to black
Berry

 

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