FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Vaccinium myrtilus, bilberry

Vaccinium myrtillus; The Bilberry is a shrublet species that can best be recognized by its angular stems. Also quite characteristic is the contracted tip of the corolla (flower). Unlike the bog bilberry, the edges of the leaves are finally toothed (dentated). It is quite common, especially in areas where snow is abundant in winter. Thus it is less common in the south and in the arid highlands. Like the Bog bilberry, this species produces dark blue berries. The ripe berries are delicious and can be used for making jams and juices. It is member of the heath family (Ericaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Aðalbláberjalyng.

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A more detailed photo of flowers of the Bilberry
Angular lateral ridges on the stems of the Bilberry
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A more detailed photo of flowers of the Bilberry
Angular lateral ridges on the stems of the Bilberry
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