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Mithril



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 11 8:58 pm    Post subject: ID help please - red berries Reply with quote
    

My gut instinct tells me these are probably not edible (something about the shade of red is rather off putting). However, I'm curious to know what they are. Does anyone know?

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jamanda
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 11 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Maybe guelder rose?

Mithril



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 11 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've got a guelder rose in the garden and these seem fleshier, and I don't remember them being that odd colour.

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Not the best photo but I agree with Jamanda.
Almost certain it's guelder rose.
A photo of the leaf as well as the fruit & dimensions (tree, shrub,ground cover) helps a great deal in IDing plants.

hedgehogpie



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I agree too. Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus) although possibly not a massively healthy specimen as it's rather pale. Edible when cooked but the smell they give off during the process is... well, frankly nasty.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hedgehogpie wrote:
I agree too. Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus) although possibly not a massively healthy specimen as it's rather pale. Edible when cooked but the smell they give off during the process is... well, frankly nasty.


Maybe it's pale because it's not completely ripe?

mochyn



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There are cultivars of V. opulus with berries which aren't red. I have a lovely gold one, and that almost flourescent pink certainly isn't unusual.

hedgehogpie



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That's a good point Mochyn, it does have a rather golden hue. Perhaps it's a cultivar.

mochyn



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think colour variatons can arise naturally.

Mithril



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes, now I look the leaves are similar. I guess it is a cultivar - the photo is not great, but the berries really are that bright - almost luminous.

(The ones on my tree are more like the colour of the hips in the background).

hedgehogpie



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Guelder Rose berries are a bit weird actually. From being quite opaque when unripe, they get clearer and ever more jewel like as they mature which I think is why - apart from the leaves being superficially similar - they are sometimes mistaken for redcurrants (I jest not). Sadly, they don't taste like them.

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