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Gaylussacia dumosa

Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) Torr. & A. Gray

Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) Torr. & A. Gray var. bigeloviana Fernald

Gaylussacia orocola Small

Lasiococcus dumosus (Andrews) Small

Lasiococcus dumosus (Andrews) Small var. bigelovianus (Fernald) Fernald

Lasiococcus orocola (Small) Small

Dwarf Huckleberry, Bush Huckleberry, Gopherberry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderEricalesTea, persimmon, blueberry, Brazil nut, azalea, many others
FamilyEricaceaeHeath or heather family
GenusGaylussaciaFor chemist and physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
Speciesdumosa“Bushy, shrubby”

About plant names...

Dwarf huckleberry is a North American native shrub.

Identification: Shrubs are 12-30" (30-75 cm) in height, and heavily branched. Young twigs are covered with short, curly hairs. Leaves are 1" (2.5 cm) long, leathery, and obovate to elliptic. Flowers are bell-shaped, cream-colored, tinged with pink, appearing in June. Fruits are berries about ¼" (8 mm) in diameter, each with 10 seeds, fewer than for blueberries.

This Gaylussacia and Vaccinium comparision chart com­pares these closely related genera, both of which contain plants called huckleberries.

Edibility: Fruits are reported both as “watery and insipid” and ”juicy and deliciously spicy,” probably as a result of misidentification of the type of huckleberry.

Online References:

Gaylussacia dumosa on Discover Life

Gaylussacia dumosa on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Gaylussacia dumosa on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Gaylussacia dumosa on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Gaylussacia dumosa at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Gaylussacia dumosa on www.carolinanature.com

Gaylussacia dumosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Oct 2013.

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Gaylussacia dumosa (Dwarf Huckleberry, Bush Huckleberry, Gopherberry)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Gaylussacia dumosa (Dwarf Huckleberry, Bush Huckleberry, Gopherberry)

9/16/2016 · Sieur de Monts Botanical Gardens, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME

Gaylussacia dumosa (Dwarf Huckleberry, Bush Huckleberry, Gopherberry)

9/28/2013 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia Naitonal Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm)

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