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Taxon: Vaccinium elliottii Chapm.

Genus: Vaccinium section: Cyanococcus
Family: Ericaceae subfamily: Vaccinioideae tribe: Vaccinieae
Nomen number: 41011
Place of publication: Fl. South. U.S. 260. 1860
Name verified on: 11-Jun-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 14-Jan-2006
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis (COR).
Accessions: 20 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:

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: disease resistance for highbush blueberry   (fide Wild Crop Rel Temp Fr 199. 2011)
  • Gene sources: drought resistance for highbush blueberry   (fide Wild Crop Rel Temp Fr 199. 2011)
  • Gene sources: poor-soil tolerance for highbush blueberry   (fide Wild Crop Rel Temp Fr 199. 2011)
  • Gene sources: secondary genetic relative of highbush blueberry   (based on the production of 3x or 4x hybrids with 4x Vaccinium corymbosum fide Euphytica 94:18. 1997)

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. [= V. corymbosum L.].
  • Ehlenfeldt, M. K. & J. R. Ballington. 2012. Vaccinium species of section Hemimyrtillus: their value to cultivated blueberry and approaches to utilization. Botany 90:347–353. [mentions as diploid "Vaccinium corymbosum forma elliottii"].
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America. [= V. corymbosum L.].
  • Hancock, J. F. et al. 2008. Blueberries and cranberries. In: Hancock, J. F., ed., Temperate fruit crop breeding: germplasm to genomics 4:115–149.
  • Lyrene, P. 1995. In defense of Vaccinium elliottii. Palmetto 15(4):9–11.
  • Lyrene, P. 1997. Value of various taxa in breeding tetraploid blueberries in Florida. Euphytica 94:15–22. [this study recognized this diploid species distinct from Vaccinium corymbosum diploid populations in Florida].
  • Radford, A. E. et al. 1964. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas.
  • 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.
  • Uttal, L. J. 1987. The genus Vaccinium L. (Ericaceae) in Virginia. Castanea 52:244.
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. 1980. The taxonomy of the highbush blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum. Canad. J. Bot. 58:1195. [= V. corymbosum L.].
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. 1988. The genus Vaccinium in North America. [= V. corymbosum L.].
  • Vander Kloet, S. P. 1996. Vaccinium. In: J. L. Luteyn et al., Ericaceae of the southeastern United States. Castanea 61:141. [= V. corymbosum L.].
  • Weakley, A. S. 2011. Flora of the southern and middle Atlantic states.
  • Wunderlin, R. P. 1982. Guide to the vascular plants of central Florida. [= V. corymbosum L.].

Check other web resources for Vaccinium elliottii Chapm.:

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