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Vaccinium oxycoccos L.
small cranberry

General Information
Symbol: VAOX
Group: Dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Native Status: AK   N
GL   N
L48   N
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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©Susan McDougall. Trees Live Here. United States, WA, Mount Adams, Grand Meadow. July 27, 2005. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 704. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
OXHA Oxycoccus hagerupii Á. Löve & D. Löve
OXIN3 Oxycoccus intermedius (A. Gray) Rydb.
OXMI3 Oxycoccus microcarpos Turcz. ex Rupr.
OXOV Oxycoccus ovalifolius (Michx.) A.E. Porsild
OXOX2 Oxycoccus oxycoccos (L.) Adolphi
OXOX Oxycoccus oxycoccos (L.) MacMill.
OXPA4 Oxycoccus palustris Pers.
OXPAM Oxycoccus palustris Pers. ssp. microphyllus (Lange) Á. Löve & D. Löve
OXPAI Oxycoccus palustris Pers. var. intermedius (A. Gray) Howell
OXPAO Oxycoccus palustris Pers. var. ovalifolius (Michx.) Seymour
OXQU Oxycoccus quadripetalus Gilib.
OXQUM Oxycoccus quadripetalus Gilib. var. microphyllus (Lange) A.E. Porsild
VAMI Vaccinium microcarpos (Turcz. ex Rupr.) Schmalh.
VAOXM2 Vaccinium oxycoccos L. ssp. microphyllum (Lange) J. Feilberg
VAOXI Vaccinium oxycoccos L. var. intermedium A. Gray
VAOXM Vaccinium oxycoccos L. var. microphyllum (Lange) J. Rousseau & Raymond
VAOXO Vaccinium oxycoccos L. var. ovalifolium Michx.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Ericales
Family Ericaceae – Heath family
Genus Vaccinium L. – blueberry
Species Vaccinium oxycoccos L. – small cranberry

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
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small cranberry
small cranberry
small cranberry
small cranberry

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Alaska OBL
Arid West OBL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont OBL
Great Plains OBL
Midwest OBL
Northcentral & Northeast OBL
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Martin Minor Minor


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Martin, A.C., H.S. Zim, and A.L. Nelson. 1951. American wildlife and plants: A guide to wildlife food habits. Dover Publications. New York.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover