Vaccinium myrtillus

(Mountain Blueberry)

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Vaccinium myrtillus, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 0761

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Vaccinium myrtillus, FR 679, OPhir Pass Rd., San Juan Co. 8545

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Vaccinium myrtillus, Mitchell Creek, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Boulder Co. 6442

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Vaccinium myrtillus, Mitchell Creek, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Boulder Co. 6439

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Vaccinium myrtillus, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 0772

Scientific Name Vaccinium myrtillus USDA PLANTS Symbol VAMY2
Common Name Mountain Blueberry, Bilberry, Whortleberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23605
Family Ericaceae (Heath) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (7500 to 12500); dry, acidic soil under conifers and rocky ridges.
Plant: Spreading, branched shrub 4 to 12 inches tall; sharply angled, bright green stems.
Leaves: Pointed elliptical to ovate leaves, 5/8 to 1-1/2 inches long; sharply-toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Very small (~3/16-inch) urn-shaped, nodding flowers, usually pink but may also be cream or greenish-white.
Fruit: Blue, round berries 3/8-inch across; not glaucous.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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