Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) Torr. & A. Gray
Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) Torr. & A. Gray var. bigeloviana Fernald
Gaylussacia orocola Small
Lasiococcus dumosus (Andrews) Small
Lasiococcus dumosus (Andrews) Small var. bigelovianus (Fernald) Fernald
Lasiococcus orocola (Small) Small
Dwarf Huckleberry, Bush Huckleberry, Gopherberry
Dwarf huckleberry is a North American native shrub.
Identification: Shrubs are 12-30" (30-75 cm) in height, and heavily branched. Young twigs are covered with short, curly hairs. Leaves are 1" (2.5 cm) long, leathery, and obovate to elliptic. Flowers are bell-shaped, cream-colored, tinged with pink, appearing in June. Fruits are berries about ¼" (8 mm) in diameter, each with 10 seeds, fewer than for blueberries.
This Gaylussacia and Vaccinium comparision chart com­pares these closely related genera, both of which contain plants called huckleberries.
Edibility: Fruits are reported both as “watery and insipid” and ”juicy and deliciously spicy,” probably as a result of misidentification of the type of huckleberry.
Gaylussacia dumosa on Discover Life
Gaylussacia dumosa on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Gaylussacia dumosa on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Gaylussacia dumosa on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Gaylussacia dumosa at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Gaylussacia dumosa on www.carolinanature.com
Gaylussacia dumosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Oct 2013.