Common name: Black Huckleberry

Family: Ericaceae

Information: This is a common edible shrub found in the understory in dry to moist coniferous forests, as well as open areas. Occurs at mid to high elevations. The Black Huckleberry relies on forest fire disturbance to create openings suitable for its habitat. Fire suppression in recent history has reduced the amount of suitable habitat for the species (Pojar & MacKinnon 2014).

Photo: Along the subalpine trail in South Chilcotin Mtns. Provincial Park at an approx. elevation of 1600m. N. Hewitt, July 28 2019.


Sources and additional resources:

Pojar, J. & MacKinnon, A. (2014). Plants of Coastal British Columbia: Including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Vancouver: Lone Pine Publishing.

Klinkenberg, Brian. (Ed.) 2020. E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. http://linnet.geog.ubc.ca/Atlas/Atlas.aspx?sciname=Vaccinium%20membranaceum. Accessed: 2020-05-12.