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Empetrum nigrum Linnaeus. Black Crowberry. Phen: May-Nov. Hab: Acid sands, sea cliffs, northwards in a wide variety of habitats. Dist: NY (Long Island, Suffolk County), northwards; also w. North America; Eurasia.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Other Comments: Empetrum nigrum was legitimately collected from as far south as sea cliffs in Suffolk County, NY by E. Miller in 1924. These sea cliffs apparently eroded and fell into the ocean (Steve Young, pers. comm., 2022). In NY it now only occurs in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks.

Synonymy: = F, FNA8, G, Mi, NE, NY; = Empetrum nigrum L. ssp. nigrum – K3; > Empetrum nigrum L. var. hermaphroditum (Hagerup) T.J.Sørensen – C

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily: 8

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
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