Actually, this is what i sort of expected! Pretty flower shots, yes, but in years past there have been frequent "What's this?" posts and we can work toward an ID.
I make my guess that it is a baneberry (Actea sp.) based on similarity of the berries and arrangement. Compare the similar white baneberry; baneberries are also red, even black, depending on species.
If this is in fact a baneberry, it is a member of Ranunculaceae, and related to several other poisonous plants, so as with any other unkown berries in the wild, tasting is ill advised!
N.B.: When taking pictures of a mystery plant, it is very he;pful to get good pictures of the leaves (to be able to see the shape and perimeter of a leaf: toothed? smooth? etc.) and arrangement on a stem: opposites, alternating? spiraling around (each pair rotated 90°)?
When the next season rolls around we can have some better info on what to note along with mystery photos.
Well no, they are not related; Clintonia is a monocot, Baneberry is a dicot. But I am so glad you found a positive ID. And reading the page you linked was fun. Clintonia borealis is news to me, but I'm in California, so no surprise. We have Clintonia here too, but in the mountains it's C. uniflora (single flower) and I have never gone back to see what fruit form they have.
This gets me started thinking about wildflowers this Spring. With lots of rain and snow, should be good.
BTW: I bought the book Newcomb's Wildflower Guide simply because the illustrations are so terrific! It's all about the Northeast, so I think you'd benefit from having a copy. Like I said, it has nothing in my area, it's just a nice book to enjoy for me.
Post by davesenesac on Mar 6, 2016 16:10:32 GMT -8
Notice last post was last summer. The first wildflowers in our USA each late winter usually show in our desert southwest areas.
The above brown-eyed evening primrose, camissonia claviflormis, shot February 14 with my A6000 with Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN lens plus a Vello 10mm extension tube and diffusion disk. A 5 image focus stack blend with Zerene Stacker then Photoshop CS6 processed 4600 by 4000 pixels. An enlarged vertical slice:
More about that image and the trip on Page 2 and Page 3 at this feature link: