Vaccinium virgatum Aiton

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Vaccinium


Whortle-berry with oblong egg-shaped leaves, slightly sawed, deciduous, the small branches green; flowers grow rather umbelled from where the leaves are fixed to the stem; blossoms nearly cylindrical ; cups reflexed at the upper part. Ten chives.


Published in Hortus Kew. 2: 12 in 1789.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 3: 181 in 1801. This species of Whortle-berry was, according to the Kew Catalogue, introduced by Mr. Young in the year 1770. It is a hardy plant ; and, as a native of North America, where it is an under shrub of the woods...

Basionym of Cyanococcus virgatus (Aiton) Small.

Synonym of Vaccinium corymbosum L. (See Flora of North America).

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