Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mountains, uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in xeric, acidic forests and woodlands, rock outcrops, to 1600m elevation, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Reddish/Greenish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
4-5 lobed urceolate to urceolate-campanulate corolla
10 included stamens
Inferior ovary
Flowers in axillary racemes on 2nd-year wood

FRUIT:
Summer
Black/Rarely blue or white
Berry

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Gaylussacia baccata   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gaylussacia baccata   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-18-004:
Gaylussacia baccata   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Decachaena baccata

 

COMMON NAME:
Black Huckleberry, Crackleberry


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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgbaccata_habitpc1

April    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

Much-branched colonial shrub to 3-8 dm tall, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

image of Gaylussacia baccata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgbaccata_pc1

April    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

Flowers reddish, narrow (narrower than G. dumosa), per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Gaylussacia baccata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgbaccata_pc3

April    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

image of Gaylussacia baccata

JK Marlow    jkm140519_024

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Gaylussacia baccata

JK Marlow    jkm160504_375

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

Flowers in axillary racemes on second-year wood, racemes 0.5-1.5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Gaylussacia baccata

JK Marlow    jkm160504_376

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

image of Gaylussacia baccata

JK Marlow    jkm160504_377

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

Sepals 0.7-1mm, glabrous, sessile-glandular, per Flora of North America.

image of Gaylussacia baccata

JK Marlow    jkm160504_379

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

Lvs w tiny resinous dots above & below, visible when held at angle to light, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Gaylussacia baccata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgbaccata_gf1

Month Unknown    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain