Jun. 21, 2018

partridge-berry, Mitchella repens

Here's one that genuinely merits the name twinflower. Instead it's a partridge-berry. These flowers always come in pairs. They just can't help it. They grow from ovaries that are fused at the base. From these two fuzzy little flowers you get one berry. The flowers are about a half inch, the berry a little less. If you see these bright red berries as you walk through the woods, you just have to pop them in. They look so good you might keep doing it for a lifetime even though they're kind of dry and extraordinarily tasteless. And yes, that was a confession. Partridge-berry creeps along the forest floor in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA(T), IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, on SPM, and all the way to Guatemala. Baraga Co MI, 7/13/13.