Vaccinium alaskaense

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Alaska Blueberry: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Vaccinium alaskaense
Alaska Blueberry (Vaccinium alaskaense): Treated as a synonym of V. ovalifolium in the Flora of North America, there seems to be a distinct difference between the plants thought of as this species and those of V. ovalifolium in the Sitka area, at least. This species tends to bloom later (after leaves are out) have much flowers which are distinctly less elongate, and fruit that is noticably darker (with a different flavor). Further investigations, including some genetic work, are on-going.

ARCTOS collection records primarily from the southern half of the region and in the immediate vicinity of Juneau.

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Other References

  • Muller: gen; open areas, open forest, common
  • Hall 2010: "Coastal forests, open areas, clearcuts, usually at low elevation and associated with Early Blueberry; forms dense thickets. Very Common."

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