Shrub Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

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Vaccinium membranaceum
Black Huckleberry
Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Also known as the Mountain Huckleberry. An erect deciduous shrub, growing to a height of 0.3 - 1.5 m.


Black Huckleberry Distinguishing Features - Leaves: alternate, simple, elliptical. Flowers: creamy pink to yellowish pink, varying small to large, often showy, bisexual, regular or slightly irregular, with 4- to 7-lobed calyx, usually persisting on fruit; corolla of 4 to 7 lobes or petals, bell- or funnel-shaped, 8 to 10 stamens from a disk, and a single pistil with superior or inferior ovary of usually five cells and many ovules and a single style. Fruit: a black berry.


Alaska and British Columbia south through the Cascade and Olympic mountains to California and east to Ontario, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wyoming; also the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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