Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

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Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

Postby wirelessdreamer » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:52 pm

I'm not sure what kind of plant this is. I thought at first it might be elderberry from the stem color, and berry color, but when I started comparing it to references, and am not sure what it is now.

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Re: Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

Postby GeorgeSalt » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:50 pm

A better view of the leaf would be helpful, flat-on and with a coin for scale -same with the berries please, a coin for scale. And if possible a wider shot of the growth habit of the whole plant. For elder being able to see new wood and old wood also aids a solid identification.

It looks elder-ish but I wouldn't like to say for certain without better identification photographs.. I'm less than 50% confident on elder at the moment.
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Re: Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

Postby Ellendra » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:50 pm

Looks like pokeweed to me. The berries are poisonous, but they can be used to make ink. In the very early spring, the greens can be cooked in a couple changes of water and eaten.
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Re: Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

Postby Zech » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:54 pm

I agree that it does look a lot like elder, but as you've figured out by now, the arrangement of the berries is completely wrong - elderberries grow in big sprays. Also, the berries look a little bigger than elderberries.

I know this doesn't contribute to identifying your plant - I just thought I'd say you weren't far off with elder, at least as far as that sprig goes. I'm now going to go an look up pokeweed :study: - I love learning about new plants!
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Re: Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

Postby GeorgeSalt » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:26 pm

Oh yes.. knowing the country/continent would help as well ;) I forgot the OP was the paw-paw poster :D
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Re: Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

Postby Davie Crockett » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:45 am

I agree with the pokeweed identification. I've never seen it growing (me being from the UK). but if you search pokeweed on google images, there are several pics which concur.

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Re: Plant with Red stem and Black Berries - help identify :)

Postby wirelessdreamer » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:49 pm

Location: Ohio, USA

thanks, it is pokeweed, just did some research on it. I've been seeing it all over lately, and wanted to know what it was, with how distinctive it is in look. I still haven't had any luck finding elderberry's
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