Gaylussacia dumosa

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Gaylussacia dumosa
Gaylussacia dumosa PH 2015-10.JPG
Photo taken by Kevin Robertson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Gaylussacia
Species: G. dumosa
Binomial name
Gaylussacia dumosa
(Andrews) Torr. & A. Gray
Gayl dumo dist.jpg
Natural range of Gaylussacia dumosa from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Dwarf huckleberry; Southern dwarf huckleberry

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Gaylussacia dumosa (Andrews) Torrey var. dumosa; Lasiococcus dumosus (Andrews) Small


A description of Gaylussacia dumosa is provided in The Flora of North America.




Gaylussacia dumosa is restricted to native groundcover with a statistical affinity in upland pinelands of South Georgia. [1]


G. dumosa has been observed to flower March to May and in October with peak inflorescence in April.[2]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by consumption by vertebrates. [3] In particular, it has found to be dispersed by gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus).[4]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Gaylussacia dumosa at Archbold Biological Station: [5]

Apidae: Apis mellifera, Bombus impatiens

Halictidae: Augochlorella aurata, A. gratiosa

Megachilidae: Megachile brevis pseudobrevis, M. integrella

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. Ostertag, T.E., and K.M. Robertson. 2007. A comparison of native versus old-field vegetation in upland pinelands managed with frequent fire, South Georgia, USA. Pages 109–120 in R.E. Masters and K.E.M. Galley (eds.). Proceedings of the 23rd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in Grassland and Shrubland Ecosystems.
  2. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 9 DEC 2016
  3. Kay Kirkman, Jones Ecological Research Center, unpublished data, 2015.
  4. Carlson, J. E., E. S. Menges, and P. L. Marks. 2003. Seed dispersal by Gopherus polyphemus at Archbold Biological Station, Florida. Florida Scientist, v. 66, no. 2, p. 147-154.
  5. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.