Syn.: Myrtillus niger Gilib., Vaccinium montanum Salisb.
Family: Vacciniaceae S. F. Gray
Vaccinium myrtillus
Distribution: Europe (in the south only in the mountains), Caucasus, Siberia, Mongolia.
Habitat: Grows in evergreen or deciduous forests, on moors and heaths, only on acid soils, from lowlands to mountains.
Description: Low, branched deciduous shrub with creeping or erect branches, 15–60 cm high. The leaves are alternate, ovate, bright green. The flowers are solitary, drooping, corolla globose, green with rosy flush. Flowers from April to June. The fruits are globose berries, black, edible and tasty.
Vaccinium myrtillus
Vaccinium myrtillus
Photos 8. 5. and 19. 7. 2004 (Slovakia, Malá Fatra); 15. 7. 2007 (Czechia, Moravskoslezské Beskydy, Pustevny).