Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Vaccinium ovalifolium -- (Early Huckleberry)

presented by Susan McDougall

Vaccinium ovalifolium

The berries of this frequently encountered huckleberry are blue-black, glaucous, and very edible.

Author: Susan McDougall
Eastside Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7756, -121.5538, 2293
Date: August 1, 2013
Vaccinium ovalifolium

Common in middle to lower subalpine forests, and sometimes lower, this Heather Family member is often the dominant shrub. The rounded pink flowers are configured in short racemes.

Author: Susan McDougall
Louise Lake, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7706, -121.7158, 4585
Date: July 9, 2014
Vaccinium ovalifolium

The oval leaves are pale green, deciduous, and finely toothed. The twigs are angled, and the plants may reach 6 feet in height.

Author: Susan McDougall
Cougar Rock Campground, Mount Rainier National park
GPS: 46.7688, -121.794, 3145
Date: June 11, 2014

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