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Vaccinium myrsinites Lam.
Shiny Blueberry, Evergreen Blueberry
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Synonym(s): Cyanococcus myrsinites, Vaccinium nitidum
USDA Symbol: VAMY3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The Shiny Blueberry is a member of the heath family (family Ericaceae) which is widespread, especially on acid soils, with about 1500 species, mostly shrubs, sometimes trees; 15 native tree and many native shrub species in North America. Leaves: usually alternate, simple, elliptical, and not toothed often thick and evergreen, without stipules.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Dec
DistributionUSA: AL , FL , GA , SC
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Research LiteratureReslit 850 - Value of various taxa in breeding tetraploid blueberries in Florida (1997) P. M. Lyrene
Reslit 1287 - Testing control sites for fire ecology research (2010) J. L. Silva-Lugo and G. W. Tanner
Reslit 1354 - Elevated CO2 lowers relative and absolute herbivore density across all species of a scrub-oak forest (2003) P. Stiling, D. C. Moon, M. D. Hunter, J. Colson, A...
Reslit 1948 - Native Vaccinium spp. and Gaylussacia spp. infested by Rhagoletis mendax (Diptera : Tephritidae) in the Great Lakes region: A potential source of inoculum for infestation of cultivated blueberries (2001) J. J. Smith, V. Gavrilovic and D. R. Smitley
Reslit 2447 - Life history strategies of Florida scrub plants in relation to fire (1995) E. S. Menges, N. Kohfeldt
Reslit 2605 - Post-fire growth strategies of resprouting Florida scrub vegetation (2011) A. J. Maguire, E. S. Menges
Reslit 2608 - Patterns of reproductive effort with time since last fire in Florida scrub plants (1994) R. Ostertag, E. S. Menges
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Vaccinium myrsinites in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Vaccinium myrsinites in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Vaccinium myrsinites
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-19
Research By: TWC Staff