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Vaccinium myrtilloides Michaux. Velvetleaf Blueberry, Sourtop, Canada Blueberry. Phen: May-Jul. Hab: Acidic, high elevation slopes and cliffs. Dist: NL (Labrador) west to BC, south to PA, VA, w. NC, WV, IN, and MN. Reported for the NC side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Haywood County) (K. Langdon, pers. comm. 2009). The possible occurrence of this species on Grandfather Mountain is based on somewhat ambiguous specimens and needs additional confirmation.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Vaccinium myrtilloides is a diploid species, 2x=24 (Redpath et al. 2022). See Vander Kloet & Hall (1981) for a summary of additional information on this species.

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA8, G, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, Va, W, WV, Camp (1945), Redpath et al (2022), Uttal (1987), Vander Kloet (1988); = n/a – RAB

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: FACW
  • Midwest: FACW
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW

Heliophily ?: 7

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image of plant© Erik Danielson source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷

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