Plant ID forum: Weirdness in the woods

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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Sep 27, 2013 3:40 PM CST
What on earth is this plant with the weird cylindrical pink fruits? The leaf looks a lot like Baneberry, but a bit beefier, and I've never seen a Baneberry with pink cylinders on it. Sorry the pic is a little fuzzy. I went back intending to take a better focussed pic, but I could not locate the plant again. To the best of my recollection, it was growing in shade near Hemlock trees.
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Sep 30, 2013 2:44 PM CST
I found it again (I had been looking in the wrong place, duh!). Here's another pic.
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Could it possibly be red baneberry with a couple of mutant fruits? The shiny pink cylinders are hard and dry to the touch.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Sep 30, 2013 4:29 PM CST
Or it could be white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) and those could be the stems w/fruit gone?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_y_jackson/1432199925/

http://www.pernellgerver.com/whitebaneberry.htm

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Necklace Weed (Actaea pachypoda)
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Sep 30, 2013 6:02 PM CST
I'd say that's a good call, Christine. Thumbs up
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 30, 2013 6:22 PM CST
Wow, how easily we are fooled by our own expectations!

Good job, Chelle! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Sep 30, 2013 7:28 PM CST
wildflowers said:Or it could be white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) and those could be the stems w/fruit gone?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_y_jackson/1432199925/

http://www.pernellgerver.com/whitebaneberry.htm

Adding a link to the ATP database:
Necklace Weed (Actaea pachypoda)


Christine (wildflowers) discovered the answer. Thumbs up

I just added my two cents worth after the fact. Whistling


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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 30, 2013 7:41 PM CST
Oops, of course!

Sorry Christine!
You're the one deserving of the extra praise! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Sep 30, 2013 8:05 PM CST
Exactly right, Christine! You get an acorn! Would you believe, for weeks I have been walking past a white baneberry with a full stem of berries about a quarter-mile away from this plant, and I still couldn't recognize the stem without the berries. And I have a new pair of glasses. How unobservant am I? Very! *Blush*
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 1, 2013 7:34 AM CST
June, I think it was more like what Rick said, it didn't look as you expected. So it just took my inexperienced eye to see. nodding Hilarious!

Thank You!! I'm so excited I was able to help!
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