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Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens)

You will find this little attractive ground creeper in shady places usually with moss nearby. It bears twinned, waxy, fragrant, pink or white tubular flowers borne in pairs and united at the base and which appear in the axils of the uppermost leaves in the early summer. More noticeable than the flowers are the bright red little berries that show up later in the season and which with their evergreen leaves (opposite to themselves) will last through the winter so to feed many of the forest's little critters. Incidently, the partridge-berry is an example of a plant which gathers up more than one of its flowers to form one fruit, viz. the berry is formed of the ovaries of two blossoms united into one fleshy fruit.

Partridge-berry
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Peter Landry

2011