Vaccinium cespitosum

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Vaccinium cespitosum
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Scientific classification
V. cespitosum
Binomial name
Vaccinium cespitosum
Michx. 1803
  • Vaccinium caespitosum A.Gray
  • Vaccinium arbuscula (A.Gray) Merriam
  • Vaccinium nivictum Camp

Vaccinium cespitosum (also, caespitosum), the dwarf bilberry, is a species of flowering shrub in the genus Vaccinium, which includes blueberries, huckleberries, and cranberries.


Vaccinium cespitosum is widespread across much of Canada including all 3 Arctic territories], as well as the northern and western United States, Mexico, and Guatemala.[2][3][4]


Vaccinium cespitosum is a low-lying plant rarely reaching half a meter (1.5 feet) in height which forms a carpet-like stand in rocky mountainous meadows. The dwarf bilberry foliage is reddish-green to green and the flowers are tiny urn-shaped light pink cups less than a centimeter (>0.4 inches) wide.[3]

The fruits are edible blue bilberries.[3]

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  1. ^ "Vaccinium caespitosum". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Gardens – via The Plant List.
  2. ^ "Vaccinium caespitosum". State-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Vander Kloet, Sam P. (2009). "Vaccinium cespitosum". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). 8. New York and Oxford – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  4. ^ CONABIO. 2009. Catálogo taxonómico de especies de México. 1. In Capital Nat. México. CONABIO, México D.F..

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