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Common Huckleberry - Vaccinium membranaceum
Other Names:  Vaccinium globulare

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Plants generally in arhizomatous clumps. Stems mostly less than 2 m tall; branchlets of current season sometimes angled, brownish or yellowish to reddish green, glabrous or hairy in lines. Leaf blades 25-55 mm long, 10-25 mm wide, broadly elliptic to ovate or obovate, margins strongly serrate, apex rounded to acute or acuminate. Calyx urceolate to globose, glabrous, green, the lobes typically obscure. Corolla 3-5 mm long x 5-7 mm wide, of varying shades from whitish to pinkish or yellowish-brown; glabrous. Berry typically broade than tall, 8-13 mm wide, waxy-shiny from dark purple-black to reddish or rarely whitish (adapted largely from Vander Kloet 2009 in Flora N. Amer., Vol. 8).

For our plants, Peter Stickney (in Lesica 2012) recognizes a narrower concept of this species, separating out Vaccinium globulare Rybd. based on differences in characters of the leaf blades and corolla.

Species Range

Range Comments
BC east to ON and MI, south to CA, AZ, and CO (adapted from Vander Kloet 2009 in Flora N. Amer. Vol. 8).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1867

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Cool coniferous forests and open areas especially after disturbance; montane to subapline.

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martin, P.A. 1979. Productivity and taxonomy of the Vaccinium globulare, V. membranaceum complex in western Montana. M.S. thesis. University of Montana, Missoula. 136 pp.
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