|Scientific Name||Vaccinium caespitosum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||VACE|
|Common Name||Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Bilberry||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||23587|
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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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County