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Friday - November 14, 2008

From: North Wilkesboro, NC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification
Answered by: Nan Hampton


On our farm we found a plant that we had never seen before. It has long stems coming from center ground level and is about 3 feet tall, looks like a fern from far off. The leaves (length of finger) are in pairs all the way up the stem from ground to tip. Each set of leaves has a set of purple berries(size of berries--cluster is about 1 in size and 40 to 50 berries in each cluster. We noticed the plant only because of the berries. We have a photo of berries and plant if that would help in the identification of the plant.


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1. Tell us where and when you found the plant and describe the site where it occurred.

2. Take several high resolution images including details of leaves, stems, flowers, fruit, and the overall plant.

3. Save images in JPEG format.

4. Send email with images attached to id@smartyplants.org. Please enter Plant ID Request on the subject line of your email.



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