BCP/Mitchella repens

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Mitchella repens

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Profile for Mitchella repens (Partridge Berry)
Identifying Characteristics
Habit:Creeping herbaceous forb
Flowers:Dimorphous, twin white tubular flowers (grown from one calyx) with four petals, covered with fine hairs. They grow axillary at the end of a branchlet. Each flower has one pistil and four stamens. While in one twin flower this pistil is short,in the other it is long. With a short pistil come long stamens, or vice versa. This dimorphy prevents self-fertilization by one flower.
Foliage:The evergeen dark-green leaves are opposite, ovate to cordate, with a pale yellow midrib. The petioles are short.
Stem:Creeping, but not climbing, vine, 15-30 cm long.
Fruit:Red berry about 1cm across featuring two "eyes" opposite the stem.
Life Cycle: perennial
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Global data:
Temperate zone season(s): Early Summer, Mid Summer

Regional data:
New Hampshire: June, July

Additional images:

Opened and unopened blossoms.
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This page is a profile for the plant species Mitchella repens, used to collect records of where and when this plant was observed blooming, and for providing identification information for use in dichotomous keys. If you would like to help collect data for this or other plants, see Bloom clock project/How to Contribute for orientation.