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Gaylussacia frondosa

Gaylussacia frondosa (L.) Torr. & A. Gray ex Torr.

Decachaena frondosa (L.) Torr. & A. Gray

Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry

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
Speciesfrondosa“Leafy,” probably a reference to the relatively large leaves

About plant names...

Blue huckleberry is a North American native plant. I had to laugh when I first encountered another of its common names: dangleberry. That’s the feature I immediately noticed when I first saw the plants, berries hanging on long stems instead of closely clustered like most of the related species.

Identification: Shrubs are deciduous, heavily branched, and up to 6½' (2 m) in height. Leaves are up to 2½" (7 cm) × 1¼" (3.5 cm), and hairy and glandular on the leaf bottoms. Flowers are greenish-white. Fruits are ¼" (8 mm) in diameter, usually blue, but may be black or even white. Flowers and fruits hang on long petioles.

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

Edibility: Berries are edible. They are sweet and tasty, similar in taste to blueberries.

Online References:

Gaylussacia frondosa on www.carolinanature.com

Gaylussacia frondosa on Wikipedia

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

Gaylussacia frondosa on gobotany.newenglandwild.org

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

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (12 × 19 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 28 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/2/2010 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/17/2013 · Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaylussacia frondosa (Blue Huckleberry, Dangleberry, Hairy Dangleberry)

8/2/2010 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

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