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LarryTilander
Nov 10, 2015 5:11 PM CST
Hi,
I live in Southern Ontario, north of Belleville. Today I found a plant I have never seen before. It has orange berries, longer than they are wide growing off the stem in the leaf nodes. Each berry has four little leaves growing from it. I think the berries are actually plantlets. The plant is laying over, but still green. The leaves are pretty much the same shape as an elm leaf. I didn't disturb it because it looked rather nice. Does anyone know what it is? Thanks.
Larry
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 10, 2015 5:27 PM CST
Hi Larry and welcome to ATP Welcome!

If you could possibly get a picture and post it, that will help a lot to ID your plant. A close-up of the orange berry things, and a shot of the whole plant would be best.

How big is the plant, and where (sun or shade, etc.) is it growing?
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LarryTilander
Nov 10, 2015 7:01 PM CST
I was 'way out in the forest and won't be in the area for a few days again. The plant was bent over, but still alive. I'd say it would be about 4 feet tall standing up, growing in a forested area. The berries, plantlets; whatever they are are about the colour of a cape gooseberry and about the size and shape of an olive pit. The little leaves looked like shoots of grass and appeared to grow right out of the the berry; evenly spaced around the top. I'll try to take a camera if I get back out to the same area. Thanks.
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Weedwhacker
Nov 10, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, Larry !

I hope you can post a photo, that certainly sounds like an interesting plant!
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greene
Nov 10, 2015 7:26 PM CST
Late Horse Gentian also called Wild Coffee and Feverwort
Triosteum perfoliatum
I'll look for an image.

Look at this link; it shows this image of the fruit:
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https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/late-horse-gent...


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LarryTilander
Nov 10, 2015 7:31 PM CST
Feverwort it is. I looked it up. Thanks.
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greene
Nov 10, 2015 7:45 PM CST
LarryTilander, I forgot my manners. *Blush* I got so excited that I forgot to say Welcome to ATP! Welcome! If you get out to the forest again please take some photos to add to the database. Thumbs up
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LarryTilander
Nov 10, 2015 7:47 PM CST
Will try.
Thanks.
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Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Nov 10, 2015 8:13 PM CST
Way to go, Greene -- it looks like this plant grows right in my own county, now I have to go on a mission to find it!
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2015 8:15 PM CST
It does sound like Late Horse Gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum) which is found in Ontario: http://www.friendsofthewildflowergarden.org/pages/plants/hor...
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greene
Nov 10, 2015 8:22 PM CST
The plant is protected in some states.
If you cannot harvest seeds locally they can be purchased.
https://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/wildflowers-forbs/triosteu...
http://store.underwoodgardens.com/Wild-Coffee-Triosteum-perf...
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LarryTilander
Nov 10, 2015 8:39 PM CST
I'm going with the Horse Gentian, Feverwort, Triosteum perfoliatum thing. I actually did think the berries looked like coffee beans.
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DavidLMO
Nov 11, 2015 11:29 PM CST
Welcome! Have not seen this plant in years, but it does have some odd characteristics. Looks like the ID above nailed it.
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jmorth
Nov 16, 2015 11:05 PM CST
Weird!
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