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Vaccinium fuscatum

Vaccinium fuscatum Aiton

Cyanococcus atrococcus (A. Gray) Small

Cyanococcus fuscatus (Aiton) Small

Cyanococcus virgatus sensu Small

Vaccinium arkansanum Ashe

Vaccinium atrococcum (A. Gray) A. Heller

Vaccinium corymbosum L. var. atrococcum A. Gray

Black Highbush Blueberry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
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
GenusVacciniumAncient Latin name for billberry
Speciesfuscatum“With brownish hairs” on the stem

About plant names...

Black highbush blueberry is native to North America.

Identification: Shrubs are perennials, reaching 11' (3.5 m), with brown bark. Leaves are alternate, sometimes persisting through the winter, 1-1¼" (3-3.5 cm) × ⅝-⅞" (1.6-2.5 cm) wide, and lanceolate, elliptic, or ovate. Leaves are fairly thick and leathery, hairless above, finely hairy and much lighter in color below. Flowers are hermaphroditic, containing both male and female organs, but they do not fertilize themselves. They are urn-shaped and cream-colored, with pink bases and sometimes pink stripes, about ⅛" (6 mm) in size. Fruits are ⅛-⅜" (6-10 mm) in diameter.

This Vaccinium comparison chart also includes a couple of similar-appearing species that are not Vaccinium.

Edibility: “Not very tasty,” according to one source.

Online References:

Vaccinium fuscatum on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource

Vaccinium fuscatum on www.carolinanature.com

Vaccinium fuscatum on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Vaccinium fuscatum on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Vaccinium fuscatum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Vaccinium fuscatum on Discover Life

Vaccinium fuscatum on delawarewildflowers.org

Vaccinium fuscatum at the Oklahoma Biological Survey

Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

7/16/2013 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 6 × 3½" (14 × 9.6 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

6/27/2012 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

5/11/2013 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium fuscatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

5/11/2013 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

6/27/2012 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

6/27/2012 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

6/27/2012 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 3½ × 5" (9.2 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium fuscatum (Black Highbush Blueberry)

7/16/2013 · Townsend Wildlife Management Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

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