88. Vaccinium modestum W. W. Smith, Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh. 8: 210. 1914.
大苞越桔 da bao yue ju
Shrubs deciduous, dwarf, 5–10 cm tall, erect or procumbent at base, rhizomatous, glabrous. Twigs terete; bud scales inconspicuous. Leaves scattered; petiole to 2 mm; leaf blade ovate, obovate, elliptic, or ovate-orbicular, 1.3–4 cm × 4–9 mm, secondary veins 2–5 pairs, ascending, secondary and fine veins raised on both surfaces, base cuneate or acute to subrounded, margin plane, entire, apex rounded, sometimes cuneate, mucronate. Flowers solitary, axillary, 1–3 on current shoot. Pedicel 2–4 cm; bracteoles subapical, leaflike, 3–4.5 mm. Hypanthium purplish red, ca. 2 mm, glabrous; calyx lobes broadly triangular or suborbicular, 1–1.5 mm. Corolla pinkish or brownish red, globose-campanulate, 4–6 mm; lobes ovate, ca. 1 mm. Filaments ca. 1.5 mm, glabrous; anthers 3–3.5 mm, thecae with 2 erect spurs; tubules ca. as long as thecae. Berry 5-loculed, dark purple, with a bloom, ca. 1 cm in diam. Fl. Jun–Sep, fr. Aug–Sep.
Abies forests, thickets, alpine meadows, cliffs; (2500–)3100–4000(–4300) m. SE Xizang, NW Yunnan [NE India (Assam), Myanmar].