Monday, January 2, 2012

Green in Winter: Partridge Berry

Providing color and variety for the winter hiker, Mitchella repens is a member of the Madder family (Rubiaceae). It grows on cool, shady rock ledges down south, and in northern Indiana it's a regular member of the cool, high quality swamp forests behind the dunes. Note the two scars on the berry. This plant has flowers in pairs that are fused at the base, so two floral ovaries produce one berry with twin scars. Photographed in LaPorte County on December 31, 2011.

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