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what is this red berry plant?

Posted by trisha_51 z4 (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 11:30

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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RE: what is this red berry plant?

  • Posted by Pam_AA z5 Berwyn Il. (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 28, 05 at 13:47

Could be teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens).

Here is a link that might be useful: Virginia Tech


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RE: what is this red berry plant?

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


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RE: what is this red berry plant?

Teaberry (Wintergreen) would be my first guess, too. Another possibility would be Cornus canadensis - Bunchberry.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cornus canadensis


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RE: what is this red berry plant?

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


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RE: what is this red berry plant?

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)

Barb
southern Ontario, CANADA zone 6a


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Mitchella repens perhaps?


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RE: what is this red berry plant?

I used to give tours at Lost Canyon and the plant you are asking about is definitely a jack in the pulpit


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