Calflora
Taxon  Report   2959    
Empetrum nigrum  L.
Black crowberry
Empetrum nigrum
© 2015 Dana York
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Empetrum nigrum
© 2014 Michael Uhler
Empetrum nigrum
© Corsi 2007 California Academy of Sciences
Empetrum nigrum, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Empetrum nigrum
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
Family: ERICACEAE  
Genus: Empetrum
Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Coastal Prairie

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: coastal

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
CNPS: Empetrum nigrum ssp. hermaphroditum
More information about  Empetrum nigrum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (EMNI)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Jan 22, 2019).