Gaylussacia baccata (Wangenh.) K. Koch - Black Huckleberry


 

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Gaylussacia baccata - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ericaceae

Habitat

Dry, acid, sandy or peaty soils. Occasionally found in bogs and in acid soil near water.

Associates

The flowering specimens in the pictures were found with highbush blueberry and swamp azalea.

Distribution

Most of the eastern half of the U.S. except Florida.

Morphology

Upright deciduous shrub. Leaves simple, oblong to ovate, with yellow resinous glands above and below. Flowers conic, reddish. Fruit a black berry.

Notes

Flowers late April to June

Wetland indicator: Facultative upland

Fruits edible.

Bibliography

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.


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