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Vaccinium uliginosum

Vaccinium uliginosum L.

Vaccinium occidentale A. Gray

Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. alpinum (Bigelow) Hultén

Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. gaultherioides (Bigelow) S.B. Young

Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. microphyllum Lange

Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. occidentale (A. Gray) Hultén

Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. pedris (HarshA. Berger) S.B. Young

Vaccinium uliginosum L. ssp. pubescens (Wormsk. ex Hornem.) S.B. Young

Vaccinium uliginosum L. var. alpinum Bigelow

Vaccinium uliginosum L. var. occidentale (A. Gray) H. Hara

Vaccinium uliginosum L. var. salicinum (Cham.) Hultén

Bog Huckleberry, Bog Bilberry, Northern Bilberry, Bog Blueberry, Alpine Blueberry

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
GenusVacciniumAncient Latin name for billberry
Speciesuliginosum“Found in swampy areas”

About plant names...

These blueberries are found in North America, as well as Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and Europe.

Identification: Shrubs are 20-39" (50-100 cm) high. When found on mountains, shrubs are usually 4-6" (10-15 cm) high. Leaves are obovate to elliptic to oblong, ⅜-1" (1-3 cm) × ⅛-½" (6-15 mm). Flowers are pink (really white/pink striped), urn-shaped. They appear in June. Berries are dark blue and covered with a waxy whitish coating.

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

Edibility: Delicious. Headaches have been reported after eating large quantities of the fruit, but this may be a result of fungal contamination.

Online References:

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

Vaccinium uliginosum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Vaccinium uliginosum on Wikimedia Commons

Vaccinium uliginosum on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Vaccinium uliginosum on eFloras

Vaccinium uliginosum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Vaccinium uliginosum (Bog Huckleberry, Bog Bilberry, Northern Bilberry, Bog Blueberry, Alpine Blueberry)

7/13/2015 · Mt. Mansfield, Stowe/Cambridge, VT
≈ 11 × 7" (28 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium uliginosum (Bog Huckleberry, Bog Bilberry, Northern Bilberry, Bog Blueberry, Alpine Blueberry)

7/13/2015 · Mt. Mansfield, Stowe/Cambridge, VT
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium uliginosum (Bog Huckleberry, Bog Bilberry, Northern Bilberry, Bog Blueberry, Alpine Blueberry)

7/24/2010 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 12 cm)

Vaccinium uliginosum (Bog Huckleberry, Bog Bilberry, Northern Bilberry, Bog Blueberry, Alpine Blueberry)

7/13/2015 · Mt. Mansfield, Stowe/Cambridge, VT
≈ 7 × 4½" (16 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Vaccinium uliginosum (Bog Huckleberry, Bog Bilberry, Northern Bilberry, Bog Blueberry, Alpine Blueberry)

7/13/2015 · Mt. Mansfield, Stowe/Cambridge, VT
≈ 7 × 4½" (16 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

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