Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Field Guide Overview

Dominant Flora of the Ground Cover in Pine Forests of the Apalachicola National Forest

Genus/Species Vaccinium myrsinites Common Name Shiny blueberry
Family ERICACEAE Acronym SHBL
Description

Low-growing shrub with leaves alternate, less than 2 cm long, ovate, spatulate to elliptic, glossy-green, leathery, minutely toothed, evergreen, small stalked glands on lower leaf surface; flowers whitish-red, urn-shaped, March; fruit glossy black at maturity; reaches 20-60 cm.