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Partridgeberry Flowering

7-9-13 partridgeberrey flowers2 IMG_1018In many areas the forest floor is now carpeted with flowering Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens), the creeping, woody vine found in both deciduous and coniferous woods. The pairs of white flowers occur in two forms. In the first form (pictured) the pistil is short and the stamens are long; in the second form the pistil is long and the stamens are short. This structure prevents each flower from fertilizing itself. Both flowers must be pollinated to obtain a single scarlet berry. Each berry is the result of the fusion of each ovary of the pollinated pair of white flowers. As such, each berry has two bright red spots on its surface.

2 responses

  1. dellwvt

    Wow! Another amazing story! This is such an interesting detail – thank you, again!

    July 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    I never looked at a partridgeberry so closely before – and will in real life later in the summer. Thank you for opening my eyes as you so often do.

    July 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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