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Taxon: Vaccinium virgatum Aiton

Genus: Vaccinium
Section: Cyanococcus
Family: Ericaceae
Subfamily: Vaccinioideae
Tribe: Vaccinieae
Nomen number: 41068
Place of publication: Hort. kew. 2:12. 1789
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 10-Jun-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 65 (65 active, 47 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: fruit;

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • NORTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [Oklahoma]
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Alabama, Arkansas, Florida (n.), Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina (s.e.), South Carolina]
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [Texas]


  1. Ballington, J. R. 2009. The role of interspecific hybridization in blueberry improvement. Acta Hort. 810:49-60.
  2. Clark, R. C. 1971. The woody plants of Alabama. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 58:225. Note: = Vaccinium ashei J. M. Reade, V. amoenum Aiton
  3. Dweikat, I. M. & P. M. Lyrene. 1989. Production and evaluation of a synthetic hexaploid in blueberry. Theor. Appl. Genet. 77:799-804. Note: = Vaccinium ashei
  4. Facciola, S. 1990. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants Kampong Publications. Note: = Vaccinium ashei J. M. Reade
  5. FNA Editorial Committee. 1993-. Flora of North America. Note: = Vaccinium corymbosum L.
  6. Hancock, J. F. et al. 2008. Blueberries and cranberries. Temperate fruit crop breeding: germplasm to genomics 4:115-149. Note: this review included this hexaploid as Vaccinium ashei; it mentioned its potential uses in blueberry breeding
  7. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening
  8. IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  9. Kartesz, J. T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland.
  10. Markle, G. M. et al., eds. 1998. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2
  11. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  12. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  13. Uttal, L. J. 1987. Lectotypification of Cyanococcus cuthbertii Small (Ericaceae). Sida 12:293.
  14. Uttal, L. J. 1987. The genus Vaccinium L. (Ericaceae) in Virginia. Castanea 52:231.
  15. Vander Kloet, S. P. 1980. The taxonomy of the highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum. Canad. J. Bot. 58:1195. Note: = Vaccinium corymbosum L.
  16. Weakley, A. S. 2011. Flora of the southern and middle Atlantic states.
  17. 2018. Oklahoma vascular plant database

Check other web resources for Vaccinium virgatum Aiton :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=41068. Accessed 20 September 2019.