Vaccinium oxycoccos 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Ericales Ericaceae

Scientific Name: Vaccinium oxycoccos L.
Taxonomic Source(s): The Plant List. 2015. The Plant List. Version 1.1. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-08-21
Assessor(s): Maiz-Tome, L.
Reviewer(s): Bilz, M.
The species is widespread and while it is possibly declining in parts of its range, it is not thought that any global population decline is likely to meet (or be close to meeting) the threshold for Vulnerable. Therefore the species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species is widespread and common through boreal Northern Hemisphere, with thousands of occurrences across North America, northern Europe and northern Asia (NatureServe 2014, Euro+Med 2015, GRIN 2015).
Countries occurrence:
Canada; China; Finland; France; Greenland; Iceland; Japan; Norway; Romania; Russian Federation; Sweden; United Kingdom; United States
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1500
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Population [top]

Population:The species is classed as globally 'Secure' by NatureServe (2014), however the populations in some states in the USA are classed as 'Critically Imperiled' or 'Imperiled'. The Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council (CESCC 2011) also class the species as 'Secure' (for Canada only).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species grows in bogs, fens (calcium-rich wetlands), marshes, shores of rivers or lakes  (New England Wild Flower Society 2011-2015).                        
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The plant is antiemetic and it has been used  as infusion to treat cases of slight nausea (Plants for a Future 2015).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to the species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions for the species are known, or likely to be needed.

Citation: Maiz-Tome, L. 2016. Vaccinium oxycoccos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T64326221A67731197. . Downloaded on 24 March 2018.
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