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STATUS OF THE DEERBERRY, VACCINIUM STAMINEUM L. (ERICACEAE), IN CANADA
Bruce A. Ford
Vol. 97, No. 891 (Summer, 1995), pp. 255-263
Published by: New England Botanical Club, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23313215
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Vaccinium stamineum L. (deerberry) is a widespread species in the United States that reaches its northern limit in the Niagara Falls and Thousand Islands area of southern Ontario, Canada. Only five stations occur in Ontario, with the most extensive populations being found within St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Dry, open, rocky woods, with a history of fire, are the preferred habitat for this species in Canada. Whereas the largest stations are currently under government protection, their proximity to existing trails, a lack of seedling recruitment, and encroachment by later successional vegetation suggests that this species could become extirpated if the factors affecting its vulnerability are not reversed. For these reasons V. stamineum is recognized as a threatened species in Canada.
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