Vaccinium stamineum L. - Deerberry

Vaccinium stamineum plant

Family - Ericaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Vaccinium stamineum stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Vaccinium stamineum inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Vaccinium stamineum calyxCalyx.

Vaccinium stamineum flowerFlower 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.
When small and immature, the 3 species of Vaccinium in Missouri can be difficult to differentiate in the field. The best way to tell the species apart is by looking at the leaf venation. The venation of V. arboreum is spaced widely apart. The venation of V. vacillans is spaced fairly close together. The veins of V. stamineum are very close together and sometimes hard to see. In the photo below, the venation of all three species is shown. From left to right the species are V. arboreum, V. stamineum and V. vacillans.

Vaccinium leaves

Photographs taken at the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, NC., 4-27-03 and at Fort Benning, GA., 5-6-05.


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