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Last updated 11/5/2009 by David Giblin.
Vaccinium myrtillus L.[FNA8, HC, HC2]
dwarf blueberry, low blueberry

Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 349. 1753.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA8: "Vaccinium myrtillus fruits are popular in Europe and are known to possess antioxidants and other compounds beneficial to vascular health. Berries in Europe are extensively harvested from wild stands. In North America, the fruits were used by the Kootenai, Carrier, Shuswap, and other native tribes. The small plant and fruit sizes create challenges for commercialization in North America."

References:

» Albert, T., O. Raspe, and A. L. Jacquemart. 2003. Clonal structure in Vaccinium myrtillus L. revealed by RAPD and AFLP markers. Int. J. Pl. Sci. 164: 649-655.
» Upton, R., ed. 2001. Bilberry Fruit: Vaccinium myrtillus L. Standards of Analysis, Quality Control, and Therapeutics. Santa Cruz.
Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Vaccinium myrtillus L. ssp. oreophilum (Rydb.) Á. Löve, D. Löve & B.M. Kapoor
Vaccinium myrtillus L. var. oreophilum (Rydb.) Dorn[KZ99]
Vaccinium oreophilum Rydb.