Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Southern Mountain Cranberry
Vaccinium erythrocarpum
Family: Ericaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

Mesic forests in the mountains.

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Early June to late June.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are serrulate-spinulose with glandular teeth, obviously purple-veined on lower surface. Corolla 4-lobed and strongly recurved, the lobes longer than the tube. Fruit solitary in leaf axils and red to red-black colored. Calyx lobes are visible on the berry.

Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would be detrimental.

Global Range:
Occurs in two disjunct areas; southern Appalachians of the U.S., and eastern Asia (esp. Japan and China). Map in Rhodora 93: 226-237.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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