New York Natural Heritage Program
Northern Dwarf Huckleberry
Gaylussacia bigeloviana (Fern.) Sorrie & Weakley
Gaylussacia dumosa fruits Stephen M. Young
Family: Heath Family (Ericaceae)

State Protection: Endangered
listed species are those with: 1) 5 or fewer extant sites, or 2) fewer than 1,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to fewer than 4 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) species listed as endangered by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1S2
A State Rarity Rank of S1S2 means: Critically Imperiled or Imperiled in New York - Especially or very vulnerable to disappearing from New York due to rarity or other factors; typically 20 or fewer populations or locations in New York, very few individuals, very restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or steep declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G5T4T5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5T4T5 means: Apparently or Demonstrably Secure globally - The subspecies/variety is uncommon to common in the world, but not rare; usually widespread, but may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status. (The species as a whole is common globally.)

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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