Vaccinium formosum H.C. Andrews. Phen: Late Feb-May; Jun-Aug. Hab: Bogs, swamps (especially blackwater, or at least where away from strong alluvial influence), seepages, depression ponds (dolines), other moist ground. Dist: NJ south to n. FL and s. AL (and apparently to e. LA), primarily on the Coastal Plain; rarely occurring into the lower piedmont (in NC, as far west as Chatham and Orange counties, for instance).
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: Vaccinium formosum is a tetraploid species, 4x=48 (Redpath et al. 2022).
Other Comments: This species is the primary genetic source of the cultivated highbush blueberries. It has the largest and arguably the highest quality fruit of the native highbush blueberries.
Synonymy: = K1, K3, K4, Va, Uttal (1987); = Cyanococcus virgatus (Aiton) Small – S, misapplied; = Vaccinium australe Small – G, GW2, Camp (1945); < Vaccinium corymbosum L. – C, Fl5, FNA8, NY, Pa, RAB, WH3, Luteyn et al (1996), Redpath et al (2022), Vander Kloet (1988)