Lyonia ligustrina

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Common name: maleberry [1], he-huckleberry [2]

Lyonia ligustrina
Lyonia ligustrinaSEF.jpg
Photo by the Southeastern Flora Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Lyonia
Species: L. ligustrina
Binomial name
Lyonia ligustrina
Natural range of Lyonia ligustrina from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Arsenococcus frondosus (Pursh) Small; Xolisma foliosiflora (Michaux) Small

Varieties: Lyonia ligustrina (Linnaeus) A.P. de Candolle var. foliosiflora (Michaux) Fernald


L. ligustrina is a perennial shrub of the Ericaceae family native to North America. [1]


L. ligustrina is found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Texas to Virginia and North Carolina. [1]



L. ligustrina is found in pocosins, seepage bogs, mountain bogs, shrub balds, bottomlands, other moist to wet habitats, and "dry" exposed ridges at high elevations. [2] Specimens have been collected from wet woodland along streams, swampy woodland, pine flatwoods, cypress swamp, and low wet savanna. [3]


L. ligustrina has been observed flowering March through May. [4]

Conservation and Management

L. ligustrina is listed as possibly extirpated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. [1]

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: R.K. Godfrey, Angus Gholson, Wilson Baker, Cecil Slaughter, S.W. Leonard, Robert SImmons, Jim Bickner, R.D. Houk, Elmer Prichard, Mary Margaret Williams, Sidney McDaniel, R.A. Norris, R. Komarek, William Platt. States and counties: Florida (Liberty, Hamilton, Volusia, Wakulla, Jefferson, Orange, Lake, Marion, Walton, Polk, Taylor, Leon,Duval, Osceola, Santa Rosa, Washington) Georgia (Thomas)
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 24 MAY 2018