Vaccinium stamineum L. - Deerberry
Family - Ericaceae
Stems - No info. yet.
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Flower with exserted anthers and style.
Flowering - April - June, rarely October - November.
Habitat - Acidic soils, rocky open woods, glades, ridges, in pine-oak or oak-hickory woods.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This shrubby species can be found in the Ozark region of Missouri. The species is easy to identify in flower because of its campanulate white flowers. When not in flower, the species is a non-distinct shrub which is common in the habitats mentioned above. This is the medium-sized blueberry shrub of Missouri. The fruits are edible but not as good as other species in the genus.
Photographs taken at the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, NC., 4-27-03 and at Fort Benning, GA., 5-6-05.