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Old 09-15-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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Help ID these plants

I found two plants near my property line and have no idea as to what they are. They definately were not there last year.

Plant #1: Somewhat of a vine with little Ikea Lamp Shade shaped.....tinkerbells and a pod inside full of goo and little tiny white seeds.





Plant #2: Another vine-like plant with little clusters of green berries that turn purple like blueberries. I tossed a section of the ripe ones before I figured I would take some pics....just imagine they're purple. lol





Depressing.....


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Old 09-15-2008, 09:46 AM   #2
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The first one is Japanese lanterns. Let them get orange, then cut them and put them in a dry vase. Great fall decoration. Google Image Result for http://bridgetbossartvanotterloo.com/img/paintings/watercolor/japanese_lanterns.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/11...c08de80817.jpg

I don't know what the berry one is. They are all over the woods.

Elderberries, mayhap? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:E...2007-08-12.JPG

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Old 09-15-2008, 09:48 AM   #3
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The top one looks like mini tomatillos!!.....but thats just a wild guess, so don't take my word for anything!
I have seen the second one before grow wild around here as well but have no idea what they are......sorry wasn't much help!
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:14 AM   #4
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the first thing i thought of for the first was the chinese lantern but then the "fruit" inside made it look like a tomatio.
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Whoa! Thanks Lee. I woulda never thought they turned orange, how cool.

The berries are more like little clusters along the vine rather than a big cluster. Kind of like cherry tomatoes.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:21 AM   #6
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on the second one this is what i found that it could be

COMMON POKEWEED
Phytolacca americana


Ohio Perennial and Biennial Weed Guide

but i saw a reply saying its not it.

i cant find anything
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:24 AM   #7
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Great. Says the Lanterns are "vigorous" and an underground barrier should be utilized. I guess I'll yank it up and see if it stays in a pot.
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The other one is in the solanium family, and is some type of nightshade, probably black nightshade (pokeweed is also in that family). It is poisonous, berries, leaves and all, although the old-timers used it in a concoction for getting rid of intestinal worms.
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The other one is in the solanium family, and is some type of nightshade, probably black nightshade (pokeweed is also in that family). It is poisonous, berries, leaves and all, although the old-timers used it in a concoction for getting rid of intestinal worms.
Thanks....that answers that.


...now where's my weedwacker?
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Old 09-15-2008, 12:04 PM   #10
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We used to call the first one Chinese gooseberries and used to eat them once they had turned roange.. I think their proper name is psyphalis (Sp)
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