Summer Wildflowers of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Rubiaceae
Mitchella repens (Partridge-berry)
Flower colorwhite
Number of petals4
Petal fusionfused
Lea arrangementopposite
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginsentire
Leaf/leaflet shapeegg-shaped
Fruit typefleshy
Fruit colorred
Flowering datesJune
Fruiting datesSept
HabitatMoist woods
LocalityThroughout
DescriptionThis species is a low growing, evergreen ground cover. The small, ovate leaves are opposite and have a narrow, pale yellow mid-vein. The flowers are produced in pairs and have four petals. The red fruit is formed from the fusion of the ovaries of the paired flowers.
Habit photoKBS
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