Vaccinium altomontanum

Family (Traditional)Ericaceae
Species:Vaccinium altomontanum Ashe
Common NameSwamp or clammy azalea
Growth Habitshrub
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Woody; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: shrub; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: pinnate; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: White; Carpel Number/Pistil: 10; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Berry; Fruit Wet/Dry: Wet; Hypanthium Present: No; Inflorescence Position: axillary; Inflorescence Position: terminal; Inflorescence Types: raceme; Ovary Position: Inferior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Petal Fusion: Yes; Petal Number: 5; Pistil Complexity: Compound; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sepal Fusion: No; Sepal Fusion: Yes; Sepal Number: 5; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 10; Tepal Fusion: No; Tepal Number: 0
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Casey (KY), Carter (TN), Greene (TN), Unicoi (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: EKY, ETSU

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1961 - 2011

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
ETSU034676 Carter Tennessee
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU034682 Carter Tennessee
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU034679 Carter Tennessee
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU034681 Carter Tennessee
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU034680 Carter Tennessee
Vaccinium altomontanum
31234100410297 Casey Kentucky 13 May 1961 Elizabeth M. Browne, Edward T. Browne, Jr. with the Glenn Murphys and Harry Trues
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU007250 Greene Tennessee 30 Jul 2009 Frosty Levy
Vaccinium altomontanum
N/A Unicoi Tennessee 20 Apr 2010 Frosty Levy
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU005695 Greene Tennessee 12 May 2011 Frosty Levy
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU034677 Carter Tennessee
Vaccinium altomontanum
ETSU034678 Carter Tennessee
Vaccinium altomontanum
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