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Help me identify this spiky berry thing! - It is a gall  RSS feed

 
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I was taking a little walk around the property this evening trying to identify a few plants and came across this weird thing. I can’t seem to find anything the looks close on google. If it’s a new plant, do I get to name it!!??!!?
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Spiky fruit with leaves
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I think they are gooseberries.  Once they are ripe you can eat the berry inside.  But, just in case I am wrong look them up and see if the rest of the plant looks like the gooseberry plant.
 
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The seed pods look like sweetgum, but the leaves don't.  Unless the leaves shown predominately in the first photo aren't the same plant as the pods?

Sweetgum pods:
 
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I’ll double check the plant in the morning. The leaves don’t look like gooseberry, but potentially the berries were growing among another plant and I didn’t notice.
 
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It is a gall, not a berry unfortunately.  There is a bug growing inside, not sure what kind, just google gall to see the details.
 
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It is indeed a gall!! I went back and only found the ones pictured, no others on the plans so I snagged the branch and dissected them with my kids. Here’s what we found inside. Gall are very interesting! Thanks for the info!
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Gall larvae
 
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Dang, I was hoping for you it would be something good.  Don't think you want to take a bite  of that. Yikes!   I really like gooseberrys , but I have never had the ones with the little spikes.   Maybe there will be something good on your next hike.
 
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