Vaccinium pallidum Aiton. Phen: Mar-Apr; Jun-Jul. Hab: Forested slopes, usually rather xeric. Dist: Widespread in e. United States, V. pallidum is centered in the Appalachians and Ozarks.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Taxonomy Comments: Vander Kloet (1978, 1988) and Uttal (1987) do not favor Camp's (1945) separation of V. pallidum and V. vacillans. If the two taxa are combined (as here), V. pallidum has nomenclatural priority. V. pallidum is primarily diploid; Redpath et al. (2022) report diploid and tetraploid counts for V. pallidum, but the tetraploid counts likely are based on what is here treated as a separate species, V. altomontanum. See V. altomontanum for discussion of its relationship to V. pallidum.
Synonymy: = Ar, C, GrPl, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, Va, W, WV, Luteyn et al (1996), Uttal (1987), Vander Kloet (1978b), Vander Kloet (1988); = Vaccinium vacillans Kalm ex Torr. – RAB; > Cyanococcus pallidus (Aiton) Small – S; > Cyanococcus vacillans (Kalm ex Torr.) Rydb. – S; < Vaccinium pallidum Aiton – FNA8, Tn, Redpath et al (2022); > Vaccinium pallidum Aiton – F, G, Camp (1945); > Vaccinium pallidum Aiton var. crinitum (Fernald) Mohlenbr. – Il; > Vaccinium pallidum Aiton var. pallidum – Il; > Vaccinium vacillans Kalm ex Torr. – G, Camp (1945); > Vaccinium vacillans Kalm ex Torr. var. crinitum Fernald – F; > Vaccinium vacillans Kalm ex Torr. var. missouriense Ashe – F; > Vaccinium vacillans Kalm ex Torr. var. vacillans – F