Flower of the Day: Partridgeberry. Again.

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Mitchella repens
Rubiaceae

I’ve written about partridgeberry before, I know. But it’s such a neat little plant, I can’t resist posting about it. And it’s in full bloom now.
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It’s a trailing vine that can grow many feet long but rarely more than an inch tall.

(<—pinkie finger shot to give sense of scale)

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Amusing fact: you’ll find it in the Peterson Field Guide “Trees and Shrubs”, I suppose because it’s woody (barely) and evergreen.

Partridgeberry ranges from Quebec to Florida and west to Texas, and is threatened in Iowa.  No other species of Mitchella grow in North America. It likes moist, acidic soils and can often be found trailing along rocks.

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The plants produce pairs of blossoms; if both are pollinated, the ovaries will fuse to produce a single oval, red berry with two dimples.

 

 

 

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Other common names include squawberry, running box, twinberry, and pigeon plum.

(You know how people squeal over puppies and kittens?  I could almost squeal over partridgeberry.  I mean really, isn’t it just precious?)

2 thoughts on “Flower of the Day: Partridgeberry. Again.

  1. I, too, love this plant. There’s something very pleasing about its compactness, and the flowers are surprisingly showy for being just an inch off the ground. I realize this isn’t a photography blog, but what lens did you use for these shots, especially the last one? Great pics of what I know from experience is a hard-to-photograph plant.

  2. Heck it *could* be a photography blog… These were taken with the stock lens of my Nikon D3200 [AF-S Nikor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G]. It’s the only lens I use other than a Sigma macro, which I’ve just about given up using in the field. I tend to zoom in and crop in Lightroom to get the composition I want on close-in shots. Works out better that way.

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