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23. Vaccinium myrtilloides Michaux, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 234. 1803.

Velvetleaf blueberry, sourtop, bleuet fausse-myrtille

Cyanococcuscanadensis (Kalm ex Richardson) Rydberg; Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton var. myrtilloides (Michaux) House; V. canadense Kalm ex Richardson

Plants forming ± open colonies, 1-11.5 dm; twigs greenish brown, terete, pilose or hairy. Leaves deciduous; blade green, elliptic, 23-35 × 8-16 mm, membranous to subcoriaceous, margins entire, surfaces ± densely hairy (sometimes mostly on veins), eglandular, sometimes glabrescent. Flowers: calyx green, glabrous, (eglandular); corolla greenish white to pink, urceolate, 3-5 mm, (eglandular); filaments usually hairy. Berries blue, glaucous, 6-8 mm diam., glabrous. Seeds 10-40, ca. 1 mm. 2n = 24.

Flowering late spring-early summer. Open or disturbed sites in boreal forest, muskegs, bogs, barrens, headlands, outcrops, mountain meadows; 0-1700 m; Alta., B.C., Man., N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Labr.), N.W.T., N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Sask.; Conn., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Maine, Mass., Minn., Mont., N.H., N.Y., Ohio, Pa., Vt., W.Va., Wis.


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