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Plant identification

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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American beautyberry

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?

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. 

Thanks for your help guys!

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.

It must not grow in the PNW, I've never seen or heard of it.  Its beautiful though.  How's it taste?

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

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.

September 28, 2020
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