Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I have a winner!!!

Remember these pictures from a few months ago? Well I finally found out what the little flower in the pictures was! It's not actually a flower at all, it's a Partridge Berry!

"In the wild, partridgeberry is a common component of the forest understory throughout eastern North America. It ranges from Newfoundland south to central Florida and from southern Ontario and Minnesota south to eastern Texas. The diminutive shrub inhabits the shady nooks of rich mixed-deciduous woods, preferring acidic soils. As an evergreen, it compensates for its low-light environment through its ability to photosynthesize during the entire winter season. From late spring to fall, the forest floor is cloaked in semidarkness, and mats of Mitchella repens lie prostrate, soaking up whatever sunlight penetrates the canopy above.

The creeping shrub hugs the ground, growing to only two inches in height. As the stems spread out, the branch and leaf nodes develop roots and anchor themselves into the soil. Eventually the slow-growing plant forms a dense carpet that may be several meters across. This scrambling cover spills down slopes and skirts the base of trees. By favoring such inclines, partridgeberry shrugs off fallen leaves that could otherwise smother it."

So there we have it! Mystery solved.


Barb, sfo said...

Thanks for the info! We get those in my yard sometimes.

Ratty said...

I'm glad you found out. I couldn't find anything about it. I've been wondering about it the whole time.