Vaccinium hirsutum Buckley. Phen: Apr-May; Jun-Jul. Hab: Mountain slopes and ridges, primarily in pine-oak and oak forests. Dist: V. hirsutum is a narrow Southern Appalachian endemic, occurring only in a few counties of sw. NC, se. TN, n. GA, and (allegedly) SC.
ID notes: Vaccinium hirsutum is the only species of Vaccinium in our region with pubescent fruit. The plants are very short, a lower lowbush than V. pallidum, with which it usually grows intermingled.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Synonymy: = FNA8, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Tn, W, Camp (1945), Luteyn et al (1996), Vander Kloet (1988); = Cyanococcus hirsutus (Buckley) Small – S