Lyonia ligustrina (Linnaeus) A.P. de Candolle var. ligustrina . Northern Maleberry, He-huckleberry. Phen: May-Jul; Sep-Oct. Hab: Mountain bogs, shrub balds, bottomlands, other moist to wet habitats, "dry" exposed ridges at high elevations. Dist: S. ME, s. NH, s. VT, s. and e. NY, s. OH, WV, and KY south to w. and c. SC, n. GA, and ne. AL, primarily in the mountains and adjacent provinces.
ID notes: Rather nondescript when sterile, the gray-green hue of the leaves is a useful character, and at 5-10× magnification the appressed white hairs are an excellent diagnostic feature for both varieties of Lyonia ligustrina.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Syn: = F, FNA8, GW2, K1, K3, K4, NE, NY, Tn, Va, W, Judd (1981), Luteyn et al (1996); = Arsenococcus ligustrinus (L.) Small – S; = Xolisma ligustrina (L.) Britton; < Lyonia ligustrina (L.) DC. – C, G, Pa, RAB, WV