Vascular Plants - Ericaceae - Vaccinium:
Vaccinium myrtillus
Page Author: Don Knoke
dwarf blueberry, whortleberry, low blueberry 
Blooms: May - August
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades, British Columbia to Oregon, east to Montana, and south in the Rockies to Arizona and New Mexico
Habitat: Forest openings, mid-elevations in the mountains
Species Description:

General: Deciduous, many-branched shrub 2-3 dm. tall, the branches strongly angled, greenish, usually puberulent.
Leaves: Leaves ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, 1-3 cm. long, light green, strongly serrulate, strongly veiny on the lower surface.
Flowers: Flowers single in the axils on pedicels 2-3 mm. long; calyx shallowly 5-lobed; corolla entire, pinkish, broadly urn-shaped; anthers with dorsal awns and apical, pore-bearing tubes; ovary inferior.
Fruits: Fruit a berry, dark red to bluish, 5-8 mm. long.
Accepted Name:
Vaccinium myrtillus L.
Synonyms:
Vaccinium myrtillus L. ssp. oreophilum (Rydb.) A.& D. Löve & Kapoor
Vaccinium myrtillus L. var. oreophilum (Rydb.) Dorn
Vaccinium oreophilum Rydb.

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Vaccinium myrtillus
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Vaccinium myrtillus specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Vaccinium myrtillus specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Vaccinium myrtillus treatment.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium myrtillus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium myrtillus images.

USDA Plants Database: Vaccinium myrtillus.
Additional photographs of Vaccinium myrtillus:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

Susan McDougall, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015

Brian Luther, 2015
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