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Taxon: Vaccinium darrowii Camp

Genus: Vaccinium section: Cyanococcus
Family: Ericaceae subfamily: Vaccinioideae tribe: Vaccinieae
Nomen number: 41007
Place of publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 69:240. 1942 "darrowi"
Name verified on: 14-Jan-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 14-Jan-2010
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis (COR).
Accessions: 44 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • only available ) NPGS core subset accessions for the crop ‘VACCINIUM’ ) or .
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Darrow's blueberry   (Source: Castanea 61:140.1996) – English
  • Darrow's evergreen blueberry   (Source: F NAmer ) – English

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: crop quality for highbush blueberry   (fide Acta Hort 810:52. 2009)
  • Gene sources: drought resistance for highbush blueberry   (fide Acta Hort 810:52. 2009)
  • Gene sources: poor-soil tolerance for highbush blueberry   (fide Wild Crop Rel Temp Fr 198. 2011)
  • Gene sources: potential for pest resistance in highbush blueberry   (fide J Chem Ecol 33:725-726. 2007)
  • Gene sources: research in plant biology   (used for genetic mapping of mainly highbush blueberry fide Wild Crop Rel Temp Fr 215. 2011)
  • Gene sources: secondary genetic relative of highbush blueberry   (based on hybrid formation with Vaccinium corymbosum fide Euphytica 94:18, 19. 1997)
  • Gene sources: secondary genetic relative of rabbit-eye blueberry   (based on hybrid formation with Vaccinium virgatum fide Acta Hort 810:52. 2009)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)


  • Ballington, J. R. 2009. The role of interspecific hybridization in blueberry improvement. Acta Hort. 810:49–60.
  • Bruederle, L. P. & N. Vorsa. 1994. Genetic differentiation of diploid blueberry, Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus (Ericaceae). Syst. Bot. 19:337–349.
  • Clark, R. C. 1971. The woody plants of Alabama. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 58:225.
  • Clewell, A. F. 1985. Guide to the vascular plants of the Florida panhandle.
  • Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Manual of the vascular plants of Texas.
  • Duncan, W. H. & J. T. Kartesz. 1981. Vascular flora of Georgia: an annotated checklist.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Hancock, J. F. et al. 2008. Blueberries and cranberries. In: Hancock, J. F., ed., Temperate fruit crop breeding: germplasm to genomics 4:115–149. [this review commented that Vaccinium darrowii is a genetic contributor to commercial varieties of blueberries].
  • Lyrene, P. M. 2002. Breeding southern highbush blueberries in Florida. Acta Hort. 574:149–152.
  • Lyrene, P. 1997. Value of various taxa in breeding tetraploid blueberries in Florida. Euphytica 94:15–22.
  • Qu, L. & J. F. Hancock. 1995. Nature of 2n gamete formation and mode of inheritance in interspecifc hybrids of diploid Vaccinium darrowii and tetraploid V. corymbosum. Theor. Appl. Genet. 91:1309–1315.
  • Qu, L. et al. 1998. Evolution in an autopolyploid group displaying predominantly bivalent pairing at meiosis: genomic similarity of diploid Vaccinium darrowi and autotetraploid V. corymbosum (Ericaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 85:698–703.
  • Ranger, C. M. et al. 2007. Intraspecific variation in aphid resistance and constitutive phenolics exhibited by the wild blueberry Vaccinium darrowi. J. Chem. Ecol. 33:711–729.
  • Rowland, L. J. & A. Levi. 1994. RAPD-based genetic linkage map of blueberry derived from a cross between diploid species (Vaccinium darrowi and V. elliottii). Theor. Appl. Genet. 87:863–868.
  • Song, G.-Q. & J. F. Hancock. 2011. Chapter 10. Vaccinium. Pp. 197–221 in: Kole, C., ed., Wild crop relatives: genomic and breeding resources, temperate fruits.
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. 1983. The taxonomy of Vaccinium section Cyanococcus: a summation. Canad. J. Bot. 61:256–266.
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. 1996. Vaccinium. In: J. L. Luteyn et al., Ericaceae of the southeastern United States. Castanea 61:140.
  • Weakley, A. S. 2011. Flora of the southern and middle Atlantic states.
  • Wunderlin, R. P. 1982. Guide to the vascular plants of central Florida.

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