Vaccinium tenellum

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Small black blueberry
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Vaccinium
Species: V. tenellum
Binomial name
Vaccinium tenellum

Cyanococcus tenellus (Aiton) Small

Vaccinium tenellum, the small black blueberry is a plant species native to the southeastern United States from southeastern Mississippi to northern Florida to southern Virginia. It grows in forests and in shrubby areas at elevations up to 200 m.[2]

Vaccinium tenellum is a deciduous shrub up to 80 cm tall, often forming large colonies. Leaves are elliptic, up to 4 cm long. Flowers are white or pale pink, cylindrical, up to 10 mm long. Fruits are very dark blue, almost black, about 7 mm across.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ Tropicos
  2. ^ a b Flora of North America v 8 p 528
  3. ^ Aiton, William. 1789. Hortus Kewensis 2: 12.
  4. ^ Small, John Kunkel. 1933. Manual of the Southeastern Flora 1014, 1506.
  5. ^ Wunderlin, R. P. 1998. Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida i–x, 1–806. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
  6. ^ Radford, A. E., H. E. Ahles & C. R. Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas i–lxi, 1–1183. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill.
  7. ^ Old Dominion University plant site