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V. Elliottii Chapm. Fl. S. States 260. 1860.
A much-branched shrub, 3°-7° high, the young twigs greenish, pubescent, or glabrous, often rather densely leafy. Leaves nearly sessile, dark green, somewhat shining above, dull and glabrous, or sparingly pubescent on the veins beneath, ovate to elliptic, serrulate or nearly entire, acute at the apex, narrowed or rounded at the base, 4"-12" long; racemes few-flowered; pedicels shorter than the corolla; calyx-lobes broad, acute; corolla reddish, conic-urceolate, 2 1/2"-3" long; berries black, 3"-4" in diameter.
Pine lands, southeastern Virginia to Florida and Texas. March-May. Has been mistaken for V. myrsinites Lam., an evergreen shrub of the southeastern states, with blue berries, and obovate or oblanceolate leaves.
Vaccinium virgatum Ait. Hort. Kew. 2: 12. 1789.
A shrub, 3°-12° high, the branches slender, green, the young twigs puberulent. Leaves narrowly oval-oblong, broadest at the middle, mucro-nate, short-petioled, entire, or finely serrulate, green and glabrous above, pale or glaucous beneath, veins pubescent, thick when old, 1'-2 1/2' long, 1/2'-1' wide, the ends narrowed; flowers in short racemes or clusters, appearing before the leaves, equalling or longer than their pedicels; bracts and bractlets small, deciduous; calyx 5-lobed; corolla nearly cylindric, 3"-4" long. 1"-1 1/2" thick, pink; stamens 10; berry black, with or without bloom, 2"-3" in diameter.
Vaccinium tenellum Ait. Hort. Kew. 2: 12. 1789.
Vaccinium virgatum tenellum A. Gray. Syn. Fl. 21: 22. 1878.
A low shrub, with underground stems, the branches upright, 8'-16' tall, finely pubescent. Leaves numerous, cuneate or narrowly elliptic-spatulate to elliptic, 5"-10" long, acute or slightly acuminate at both ends, serrulate, pale green and rather conspicuously but delicately veined beneath, nearly sessile; flowers in often umbel-like racemes, appearing after the leaves; pedicels shorter than the corollas, slightly pubescent; corolla white, 2"-3" long, nearly cylindric, slightly constricted at the throat, its lobes very short; berries subglobose, about 3" long, black.
In dry woods, Virginia to Florida, Arkansas and Mississippi. April-May.