Vaccinium caespitosum

(Dwarf Blueberry)


Vaccinium caespitosum, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 6166


Vaccinium caespitosum, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 6905


Vaccinium caespitosum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4420


Vaccinium caespitosum, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 6919

Scientific Name Vaccinium caespitosum USDA PLANTS Symbol VACE
Common Name Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Bilberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23587
Family Ericaceae (Heath) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Monatane to alpine (8000 to 13000 ft.); ground cover in forests, along stream and pond banks.
Plant: Very short shrub, often tufted; brown (not green), rounded stems, 2 to 10 inches tall.
Leaves: Smooth, shiny, oblanceolate to obovate leaves 1/4 to 1-1/2 inch long, toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Small cylindrical to urn-shaped nodding red, pinkish or white flowers less than 1/4-inch long.
Bloom Period: July.
Fruit: Blue to rarely black berries, 1/4 to 1/3-inch across; glaucous.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and US Forest Service Fire Effects Information System.
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