Cross, Chester E. Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Springer, John K. Rutgers Research Development Center, Bridgeton, New Jersey.
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Any of several plants of the genus Vaccinium, especially V. macrocarpon, in the order Ericales, cultivated for its small, edible berries. The large-fruited American cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Fig. 1), a member of the heath family, Ericaceae, is a native plant of open, acidic peat bogs in northeastern North America. Selections from the wild have been cultivated since the early nineteenth century. It is an evergreen perennial vine producing runners and upright branches with conspicuous terminal flower buds. See also: Ericales; Fruit
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