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Plant identification

11:04 a.m. on September 19, 2013 (EDT)
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I am hoping someone can help me identify this plant. I came across it while hiking in the Texas hill country a few days ago. The plant was about 3 foot tall and was growing along the Pedernales river.


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2:05 p.m. on September 19, 2013 (EDT)
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American beautyberry

2:05 p.m. on September 19, 2013 (EDT)
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American beautyberry, Callicarpa americana.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callicarpa_americana

I've never seen it before but your picture was good enough that I was able to find it by Googling "texas plants opposite leaves bright purple berries in clusters at nodes" and got a hit on a nature trail brochure from Texas with a description that contains most of those words. Ain't the web amazing that a guy in Norway with some botanical training can ID a plant in Texas?

3:31 p.m. on September 19, 2013 (EDT)
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Beauty berry is a gorgeous plant! It is also an important mast (food) plant, especially during years with low acorn yields. 

It grows from Texas to the Atlantic coast, and from Maryland to Florida. 

4:26 p.m. on September 19, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks for your help guys!

7:58 p.m. on September 20, 2013 (EDT)
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Yes, Beautyberry, it grows all over some of the islands here on the SC coast.

It is really easy to ID this time of year thanks to the distinctive fruit clusters.

10:57 a.m. on September 23, 2013 (EDT)
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It must not grow in the PNW, I've never seen or heard of it.  Its beautiful though.  How's it taste?

9:05 a.m. on September 26, 2013 (EDT)
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Love Pedernales! We're in Maine now but that was one of our favorite parks.

9:33 a.m. on September 26, 2013 (EDT)
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robyn said:

Love Pedernales! We're in Maine now but that was one of our favorite parks.

 "We're in Maine now" are some of the happiest words in the English language.

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