[Bilberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Grouseberries and Huckleberries: The Genus Vaccinium in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry

Vaccinium cespitosum

Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum

Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum) - Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum)

Dwarf blueberry as seen near Warm Lake, Goat Rocks Wilderness.........July 23, 2016. Note the gland-tipped teeth on the leaf margins and the corollas are about as long (or narrower) as wide. The similar Vaccinium deliciosum lacks the gland-tipped marginal teeth and has corollas much wider than long.

Berry of Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum)

The tiny blue berry of dwarf huckleberry which is very flavorful. Photographed in meadows at the western edge of Bird Creek Meadows on Mt. Adams.........August 13, 2006.

Leaf of Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum) - Berriy and leaves of Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum)

The upper surface of the leaf blade of dwarf huckleberry. Notice the toothed margins which are found at the tip of the blade. Photographed in meadows at the western edge of Bird Creek Meadows on Mt. Adams.........August 13, 2006.

Berry and leaves of Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum)

Notice the distinct netted pattern of veins on the lower surface of the leaf blade which helps distinguish this species from that of Cascade blueberry. The blades of this species are oblanceolate in shape. Photographed in meadows at the western edge of Bird Creek Meadows on Mt. Adams..........August 13, 2006.

Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum) - Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum)

The bright red color of the fall foliage of dwarf huckleberry as seen on slopes along the Pacific Crest Trail just east of Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR.........October 19, 2010.

Fall foliage of Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum)

This photo shows the bright red foliage of dwarf huckleberry as seen along the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 as seen near Riley Trail #64 on the western slopes of Mt. Adams.........September 25, 2005. It is found here interspersed amongst pink heather, Phyllodoce empetriformis.

Fall foliage of Dwarf Bilberry, Dwarf Blueberry, Dwarf Huckleberry: Vaccinium cespitosum (Synonyms Vaccinium arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium caespitosum var. caespitosum, Vaccinium caespitosum var. paludicolia, Vaccinium cespitosum var. arbuscula, Vaccinium cespitosum var. cespitosum, Vaccinium cespitosum var. paludicola, Vaccinium nivictum)

The bright fall foliage of dwarf huckleberry as seen along the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 as seen near Riley Trail #64 on the western slopes of Mt. Adams.........September 25, 2005.

Paul Slichter