Hi! I need some help to identify these plants. These plants are located on the north shore of Lake Erie (Ontario) in a mostly hardwood forest. The first one is a plant that produces a blue to blue-purple berry in small clusters. The second plant only has a couple of large leaves per plant and produces one "fruit". The fruit is dark green when unripe and when it is fully ripe it is yellow and very soft almost mushy in side with many seeds, oddly enough the fruit smells very sweet. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Misty - you are welcome! I learned some new things: I knew what the mayapple leaves and flower looked like, but not the fruit, nor it's aroma! And as our regions are near each other, I'll put the knowledge to use! Have fun! Be on the lookout for ginseng, too. It's supposed to be prevalent in the woods of our regions. I haven't been on a search for it, yet, but plan to, in late fall. Mariamne
Your mystery plant is blue cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides. I've never seen this in the wild before since it doesn't grow commonly in my region, but it's so distinct that it was easy to key out using the Carolina Key.
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