The Red Berry Test... :)

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  1. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    This "Red Berry Test" was a game in a hungarian botany forum... :) But I hope it could be enjoyable for other plant-maniacs too! So here is the test, the question is: WHAT BERRIES ARE THEY?
    (Maximum point: 15! :)

    (1 photo by Charlie, 9 photo by the great botany-photographer Mészáros András, 5 photo by Lila... :)
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    1. Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara.
    2. Holly Ilex aquifolium.
    3. Burnet Rose Rosa pimpinellifolia.
    4. Red-berried Elder Sambucus racemosa.
    5. Yew Taxus baccata.
    6. Physalis sp.
    7. Rosa moyesii.
    8. Pyracantha sp.
    9. ?
    10. Black Bryony Tamus communis.
    11. Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi.
    12. Common Barberry Berberis vulgaris.
    13. ?
    14. Dog Rose Rosa canina.
    15. ?
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hm-hm... 10 point... :) A pass mark... :)))
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    9 Clivia perhaps?
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    No, not Clivia... but not a bad idea! :)
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Which ones did I get wrong (as opposed to not getting at all!)?
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    1. OK!!!
    2. OK!!!
    3. OK!!!
    4. OK!!!
    5. OK!!!
    6. OK! (It's a native Physalis, and only 1 P. species is native here...)
    7. Hm... it's also a native plant here, but not easy to ID...
    8. OK! (Pyracantha coccinea, but the pic is really not enough to a correct species ID...)
    9. ....
    10. OK!!!
    11. Hm...
    12. OK! (It's a Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea' from my garden, but the pic is not enough to a correct ID, so B. vulgaris is OK... :)
    13. ... my favorite!
    14. OK!!!
    15. ...
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Haemanthus?
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes!

    9. OK! (Haemanthus/Scadoxus? multiflorus ssp. katharinae...)
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    This is great. I had thought of this idea before, glad to see it done. Very impressive Michael. No. 6 is Physalis alkekengi, but I am otherwise stumped.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    +pic:
     

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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    +pic (berry no. 15)
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Don't think I'll be able to get the Rosa non-pendulina, there's too many rose microspecies!
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, the rose ID is very difficult (for me)... :( This is a R. gallica! (It's petals are not so deep pink and it's berries are not so big, as usually... but it's a "normal" R. gallica variant here...)
    http://www.tiszaklub.hu/ruprecht/ruprecht_images/rosa_gallica/index.html
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Any ideas for berry no. 11; 13; 15 ? :) They are much easier then the R. gallica!!!
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Is No. 11 a Vaccinium? perhaps V. vitis-idaea? (Lingonberry)
     
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    YES!

    11. OK!!! :)


    (Hm, only 2 berries are left... :( I think this test is too easy for you!!!)
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes-and-no, anyway! - the berry, being from Europe, is presumably V. vitis-idaea subsp. vitis-idaea (Cowberry; from Europe & Asia). Lingonberry is V. vitis-idaea subsp. minus, from North America.
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It's a V. vitis-idaea subsp. vitis-idaea... but I don't know the english common names! :( It's hungarian common name means simply "red berry"... :)

    I think common names are usually very interesting, but not very exact and univoque...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingonberry
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well that just leaves 13 and 15. Lila, you say #13 is your favourite, so can we assume it is edible? I am clueless on #15. Do you have one? Is the bamboo significant?
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Red berry 13:
    -No, it's not edible, it's toxic! It's one of my favorites, because it's a rare, protected, native plant here... :)
    -But the genus is not an extra, endemic, etc. genus, you can find species of this genus everywhere... but their berries are often black/dark blue!

    Red berry 15:
    -I'm sure that you know this plant! It's an interesting garden plant (in my garden too)...
    -No, the bamboo is not significant... hm, but it's an asian plant! :)))
     
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    #13 Podophyllum sp?
    #15 Enkianthus?? does it fruit?
     
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    No, sorry, but not Podopyllum sp. ... and not Enkianthus sp. ...
     

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