A large genus, some 450 species of shubs and a few small trees, often stoloniferous, evergreen or deciduous.  Leaves alternate, simple, entire or serrate, short petioles.  Flowers solitary or in clusters, calyx 4-5 parted and persistent in fruit, corolla more or less tubular, 4-5 lobes, white, pink, or red, 8-10 stamens.  Fruit a berry with numerous seeds.   Native range from the Arctic to the tropical mountains, also a few species in southern Africa.
Vaccinium: an ancient name, its origin is disputed.

Pronunciation: 
vak-SIN-ee-um
Family: 
Ericaceae

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