Box Huckleberry Gaylussacia brachycera (Michaux) GrayG3 (Globally rare/local)  -  Endangered (MD)  -  S1 (Highly state rare)  Synonyms: Buxella brachycera.

Status:

In Maryland this globally rare huckleberry is known from only one location in Anne Arundel County. According to the Maryland Heritage Program, "Endangered by habitat loss [in the] long-term and excessive animal browse in the near term. Known from a single site that has been extant for over 100 years. [The current site was] described by Plitt (1900) as a large field with encroaching pines. [The site is] currently forested and long-altered by fire suppression and suburban sprawl." Preferred habit is dry sandy woods.

Description:

Box Huckleberry is a low-growing shrub that is easily distinguished from other heaths by its "boxwood" type leaves that have no resinous dots and are small (1" long), glossy, and evergreen.

There are 21 records in the project database.

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Box Huckleberry in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/17/2019). Photo by Matt Grey. (MBP list)

Box Huckleberry in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/29/2018). Photo by Matt Grey. (MBP list)

Box Huckleberry in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/6/2019). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Box Huckleberry in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/12/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Box Huckleberry in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/12/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Box Huckleberry in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (1/27/2019). Photo by Matt Grey. (MBP list)

Box Huckleberry in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/12/2018). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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