Vascular Plants - Ericaceae - Vaccinium:
Vaccinium ovalifolium
Page Author: David Giblin
oval-leaf blueberry, Alaska blueberry 
Blooms: May-July
Habit: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring in forested and mountainous areas throughout Washington; Alaska south to Oregon, east to Idaho, and then scattered areas to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Openings in coniferous forests, moderate to fairly high elevations.
Species Description:

General: Spreading deciduous shrub 4-10 dm. tall, flowering before the leaves have reached half their mature size; twigs yellowish-green strongly angled, glabrous, the old branches grayish.
Leaves: Leaves alternate, ovate-elliptic, 2-4 cm. long, glabrous, glaucous on the lower surface, entire.
Flowers: Flowers single in the axils, about 7 mm. long; pedicels 1-5 mm. long, strongly recurved in fruit, not enlarged immediately under the berry; corolla entire, pinkish, narrowly urn-shaped, longer than broad, broadest just below mid-length; anthers with dorsal awns and terminal pore-bearing tubes; ovary inferior.
Fruits: Fruit a berry, purplish-black to bluish-black, 6-9 mm. long.
Accepted Name:
Vaccinium ovalifolium Sm.
Synonyms:
Vaccinium alaskaense T.J. Howell

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

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

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

Washington Flora Checklist: Vaccinium ovalifolium treatment.

E-Flora BC: Vaccinium ovalifolium atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vaccinium ovalifolium images.

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

Jim Riley

H. Tim Gladwin, 1994

H. Tim Gladwin, 1995

Bud Kovalchik

Bud Kovalchik

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2006

G. D. Carr, 2002

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Wayne C. Weber, 2008

Wayne C. Weber, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

Maria Yousoufian, 2010

Susan McDougall, 2004

Susan McDougall, 2013

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014
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