Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1585

Subshrub; Trailing woody vine
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it in mountain bogs, low pocosins with deep peat, interdunal wales, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White to pink
Bisexual
4-lobed calyx
4-lobed corolla
8 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red to pink
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
Section: Oxycoccus

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Vaccinium macrocarpon   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vaccinium macrocarpon   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-19-014:
Vaccinium macrocarpon   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Oxycoccus macrocarpus

 

COMMON NAME:
Cranberry, Large Cranberry


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_oxma6_001_lvd

        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvmacrocarpon_invsh1

June        

Flower stalk has 2 bracts above the middle of the stalk, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm0507f_33

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

Leaves evergreen, mostly 1/2" or less long, rounded at tip, whitish below, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm0507g_03

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

Solitary, white to pink pendulous flowers with 4 reflexed petals, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm060710_172

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm130906_991

September    Hancock County    ME

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JK Marlow    jkm130906_996

September    Hancock County    ME

The same edible cranberry that's raised commercially in artificial bogs, per Weakley's Flora.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvmacrocarpon_sb

Month Unknown