what is this red berry plant?

trisha_51(5 Nebraska)September 28, 2005

We were at the Wisconsin Dells, on the Lost Canyon trip, and saw a short plant with a red, single, berry-like fruit on about a 4" stalk. There was no flower, and the leaves were a bit rag-tag. Until I can get my DH to post the picture we took, does anyone want to take a stab at naming it? Thankss!

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pam_aa(z5 Berwyn Il.)

Could be teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens).

Here is a link that might be useful: Virginia Tech

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 1:47PM
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I noticed around here that False Solomon's seal has red berries (the others could've fallen off or been eaten on yours, leaving only one).

Here is a link that might be useful: Smilacina racemosa

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 2:48PM
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Teaberry (Wintergreen) would be my first guess, too. Another possibility would be Cornus canadensis - Bunchberry.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 5:43PM
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neil_allen(z5/6 Chi IL)

Jack in the pulpit is often reduced to just a stalk and a bunch of red fruits that look like a large berry at this time of year. What's left is pretty showy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jack in the pulpit

    Bookmark   September 29, 2005 at 4:17PM
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knottyceltic(S/W Ontario 5b)

LOL...what a mystery without a picture but the first thing that popped into my mind was False Solomon's Seal. With Jacks the berries do not seem to palitable to animals and birds (just my guess cuz nothing ever touches all the jacks in my yard) but with the FSS the berries tend to fall or get eaten and they are often left with just one or two on the tip that had not ripened at the time of the feast and they ripen later. FSS leaves can also look pretty sad by this time of year as well.

Can't wait to see the photo to see who might have hit the nail on the head. ;o)

southern Ontario, CANADA zone 6a

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 4:03PM
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sandyhill(z-8a NC USA)

Mitchella repens perhaps?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 12:38AM
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I used to give tours at Lost Canyon and the plant you are asking about is definitely a jack in the pulpit

    Bookmark   December 7, 2005 at 4:04PM
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