Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Explore Outdoors ~ What was hiding beneath the snow

 My usual walk takes me past a wooded spot, and I noticed this plant that had been hidden beneath the snow all winter.

This weird double-berry is a partridge berry. It's a native plant here, growing along the forest floor. Wild turkeys, foxes, skunks, and mice eat the berries. So do partridge - which is probably how it got its name. The flowers are small and white, and grow in pairs. The berry results from a fusion of the twin ovaries. You can find out more about partridge berries from the US Forest Service here

What kind of "winter leftovers" do you notice this week?

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