Vaccinium myrtilloides - Michx.
Velvetleaf Blueberry
Other English Common Names: Velvetleaf Huckleberry
Other Common Names: velvetleaf huckleberry
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Vaccinium myrtilloides Michx. (TSN 23604)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.155679
Element Code: PDERI180M0
Informal Taxonomy: Plants, Vascular - Flowering Plants - Heath Family
 
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Plantae Anthophyta Dicotyledoneae Ericales Ericaceae Vaccinium
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Concept Reference
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Concept Reference: Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Concept Reference Code: B94KAR01HQUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Vaccinium myrtilloides
Conservation Status
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NatureServe Status

Global Status: G5
Global Status Last Reviewed: 13May2016
Global Status Last Changed: 20Nov1983
Ranking Methodology Used: Ranked by inspection
Rounded Global Status: G5 - Secure
Nation: United States
National Status: N5
Nation: Canada
National Status: N5 (10Oct2016)

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
United States Connecticut (S1), Illinois (S3), Indiana (S1), Iowa (S1), Maine (SNR), Maryland (S3), Massachusetts (SNR), Michigan (SNR), Minnesota (SNR), Montana (S2), New Hampshire (SNR), New York (S5), Ohio (S1), Pennsylvania (SNR), Vermont (SNR), Virginia (S1S2), Washington (S1), West Virginia (S2), Wisconsin (SNR)
Canada Alberta (S5), British Columbia (S4), Labrador (S4), Manitoba (S5), New Brunswick (S5), Northwest Territories (SNR), Nova Scotia (S5), Ontario (S5), Prince Edward Island (S4S5), Quebec (S4S5), Saskatchewan (S5)

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Range Extent Comments: Boreal N. Am., south to WA, nw. MT, IA, and VA. Peripheral.

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Distribution
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Global Range: Boreal N. Am., south to WA, nw. MT, IA, and VA. Peripheral.

U.S. States and Canadian Provinces
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U.S. & Canada State/Province Distribution
United States CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, OH, PA, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV
Canada AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, SK

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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
CT Litchfield (09005)
IA Allamakee (19005), Clayton (19043)
IN Fountain (18045), Lake (18089), Warren (18171)
MT Flathead (30029)
OH Ashtabula (39007), Geauga (39055), Trumbull (39155)
VA Augusta (51015), Highland (51091), Page (51139), Roanoke (51161)*, Rockingham (51165)
WA Okanogan (53047)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
01 Housatonic (01100005)+
02 South Branch Potomac (02070001)+, South Fork Shenandoah (02070005)+, Upper James (02080201)+*
03 Upper Roanoke (03010101)+*
04 Cuyahoga (04110002)+, Grand (04110004)+
05 Middle Wabash-Little Vermilion (05120108)+
07 Coon-Yellow (07060001)+, Chicago (07120003)+
17 Middle Fork Flathead (17010207)+, Flathead Lake (17010208)+, Kettle (17020002)+
+ Natural heritage record(s) exist for this watershed
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
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Basic Description: Velvetleaf Blueberry is a low to mid-height shrub that is 1-4 dm tall with hairy twigs. The elliptic-shaped leaves are thin, soft, hairy, and about 1-4 cm long. The greenish-white flowers are sometimes tinged with purple; they occur in short clusters and are cylindrical-shaped with 5 corolla lobes. Berries are blue, glaucous, and 4-8 mm wide.
Diagnostic Characteristics: This VACCINIUM is the only one in our area that has hairy twigs and leaves.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
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Management Summary Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Delineation Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Viability
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U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
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Authors/Contributors
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Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 21Nov1994
Element Ecology & Life History Author(s): KAJ

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References
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  • Camp, W. H. 1945. The North American blueberries with notes on other groups of VACCINIACEAE. Brittonia 5(3):203-275.

  • Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.

  • Martin, P. A. 1979. Productivity and taxonomy of the VACCINIUM GLOBULARE, V. MEMBRANACEUM complex in western Montana. M.S. thesis. University of Montana, Missoula. 136 pp.

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