Mitchella repens L. - Partridge Berry

Mitchellia repens plant

Family - Rubiaceae

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Mitchella repens leaves

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Mitchellia repens flowers

Mitchellia repens corolla

Mitchella repens fruit

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Acid soils along moist edges and bluffs of sandstone, sandy streambanks, in sphagnum moss, sandy bogs, low moist woods.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This well known species can be found in the extreme eastern portion of the state. The plant is much more common in states to the east. M. repens produces the familiar red berries that can be seen on the forest floor throughout the winter. The berries, combined with the creeping stems and opposite, deep green leaves make this species easy tp identify in the field.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 5-16-02.


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