New York Natural Heritage Program
Dwarf Huckleberry
Gaylussacia dumosa (Andr.) Torr. & Gray
Dicots
Gaylussacia dumosa fruits Steve Young
Family: Heath Family (Ericaceae)

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: SNR
A State Rarity Rank of SNR means: This species is not yet ranked. More information is needed on its distribution, habitat requirements, biology, and/or rarity before a rank can be assigned.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
The genus Gaylussacia is named after the famous French chemist and physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. The species name means a bramble of shrubs, usually thorny, or just bushy. This is the only one of our three huckleberries that likes its feet wet. The black huckleberry and dangleberry are also much more common. Like their cousins the blueberries, the fruits are edible but they only have 10 seeds instead of hundreds and there are glandular hairs on the surface. They lose their juiciness later in the summer so it's best to taste them right after they ripen.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are five existing populations but only one of them is large and protected. There are 18 historical occurrences. Some of them need to be resurveyed but many of them are considered extirpated.

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