Vaccinium crassifolium Andrews. Phen: Apr-May; Jun-Jul. Hab: Pine savannas, pine flatwoods, pocosin-sandhill ecotones, upland sandhills over clay pans. Dist: This species is nearly endemic to the Carolinas, barely extending into immediately adjacent VA and GA.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: See Kirkman, Wentworth, & Ballington (1989) and Kirkman & Ballington (1990) for discussion of the systematics and ecology of this species and the closely related V. sempervirens. Vaccinium crassifolium is a diploid species, 2x=24 (Redpath et al. 2022).
Synonymy: = C, F, G, GW2, RAB, Va, Rayner & Henderson (1980), Uttal (1987); = Vaccinium crassifolium Andrews ssp. crassifolium – K1, K3, K4; < Herpothamnus crassifolius (Andrews) Small – S; < Vaccinium crassifolium Andrews – FNA8, Luteyn et al (1996), Redpath et al (2022), Vander Kloet (1988)