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Vaccinium tenellum Aiton. Southern Dwarf Blueberry, Small Cluster Blueberry. Phen: Late Mar-early May; Jun-Jul. Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, pine flatwoods, Piedmont hardpan woodlands, other xeric woodlands. Dist: Though abundant in the Carolinas, V. tenellum is rather restricted, occurring as a common species from se. VA to c. GA, with a range extension (where it is scattered and rare) south and west to n. FL, s. AL, and se. MS. Primarily Coastal Plain in distribution, yet locally common in appropriate habitat in the eastern (lower) Piedmont.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: Vaccinium tenellum is a diploid species, 2x=24 (Redpath et al. 2022).

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA8, G, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Va, Camp (1945), Luteyn et al (1996), Redpath et al (2022), Uttal (1987), Vander Kloet (1988); = Cyanococcus tenellus (Aiton) Small – S

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