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hairy blueberry, small cluster blueberry, wooly berry

Habit Plants forming open colonies, 2–5(–7.5) dm; twigs green, slightly angled, pilose or hairy.
Leaves

deciduous;

blade green, elliptic, 23–62 × 10–36 mm, subcoriaceous, margins entire, surfaces densely hairy, eglandular abaxially.

Flowers

calyx green, glandular-hairy;

corolla white, cylindric, 5–9 mm, (glandular-hairy);

filaments hairy.

Berries

black, 7–9 mm diam., hairy.

Seeds

3–9, ca. 1 mm.

2n

= 48.

Vaccinium hirsutum

Phenology Flowering summer.
Habitat Dry oak-pine ridges and mountain meadows
Elevation 600-1500 m [2000-4900 ft]
Discussion

Vaccinium hirsutum is uncommon (but not threatened) in Tennessee, rare in North Carolina, and probably extirpated in Georgia.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Distribution
from FNA
GA; NC; TN
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Parent taxa Ericaceae > subfam. Vaccinioideae > Vaccinium > sect. Cyanococcus
Sibling taxa
V. angustifolium, V. arboreum, V. boreale, V. cespitosum, V. corymbosum, V. crassifolium, V. darrowii, V. deliciosum, V. erythrocarpum, V. macrocarpon, V. membranaceum, V. myrsinites, V. myrtilloides, V. myrtillus, V. ovalifolium, V. ovatum, V. oxycoccos, V. pallidum, V. parvifolium, V. scoparium, V. stamineum, V. tenellum, V. uliginosum, V. vitis-idaea
Synonyms Cyanococcus hirsutus
Name authority Buckley: Amer. J. Sci. Arts 45: 175. 1843 ,
Source Flora of North America vol. 8, p. 529.
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