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huckleberry,

any plant of the genus Gaylussacia, shrubs of the family Ericaceae (heathheath,
in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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 family), native to North and South America. The box huckleberry (G. brachycera) of E North America is evergreen and is often cultivated. The common huckleberry (G. baccata), called black or high-bush huckleberry, is native E of the Mississippi; it is the best known and is valued for its edible blue or black fruit. The huckleberry and similar species are often confused with the blueberry (the names sometimes are used interchangeably), but the fruits are botanically distinct. Huckleberries for the market are nearly always gathered from the wild. Whortleberry, a name sometimes used for huckleberries, is more often used for blueberries. For the florists' huckleberry, see blueberryblueberry,
plant of the large genus Vaccinium, widely distributed shrubs (occasionally small trees) of the family Ericaceae (heath family), usually found on acid soil. They are often confused with the related huckleberry.
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. Huckleberry is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ericales, family Ericaceae.
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huckleberry

Related to blueberries. Colors range from red to blue-purple to almost black. Huckleberries have 10 large hard seeds, while blueberries have soft, small seeds, sometimes as many as 65 in one berry. Huckleberry stems are smooth, while blueberry stems are warty and rough. Huckleberry leaves have little yellow dots on the underside. They can be eaten and used just like blueberries. Used for heart problems, rheumatism, arthritis. Leaves are antiseptic, astringent.

huckleberry

[′hək·əl‚ber·ē]
(botany)
The common name for shrubs of the genus Gaylussacia in the family Ericaceae distinguished by an ovary with 10 locules and 10 ovules; the dark-blue berries are edible.
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