Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and Native Plants

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What plant is that?

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May 2021 Mystery Plant

May 2021 Mystery Plant--male flowers

May 2021 Mystery Plant -- female flowers

May 2021 Mystery Plantleaves

May 2021 Mystery Plant fruit

Top photo courtesy Will Stuart,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center;
2nd, 3rd and 4th photo: © Peter M. Dziuk,
via Minnesota Wildflowers,
Bottom photo: courtesy R. W. Smith,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mystery plant for this month
is a small shrub which is uncommon in RI.
It grows in open, wet areas
at a few sites in RI.
Gil George states in his
Rhode Island Botanical Survey Checklist
that it blooms from May 8 to June 30.
 The male and female flowers are
found growing on separate plants.
The white to yellow flowers are
¼ to ½" wide with
4 to 5 merous petals.
Male flowers have stamens
alternating with the petals.
Female flowers have stamens
which are sterile.
The stamens are free from the petals.

The leaves are 1-2" long,
simple and alternate along the stems
while the apex of the leaf
terminates in a sharp point.
There are small teeth
near the apex of the leaves.
The stems are numerous and
grow from the base of the shrub.
The shrubs grow up to 5-8 feet tall.
The leaf petioles are
often red to purplish in color.
The fruits are multiple nutlets
enclosed in a  red berry.

Stop back next month to find out
what this mystery plant is.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Kristen Anbari
Dorothy Adams
Annette Alve
Maroun Azar
Chuck Beltz
Robin Benoit
Clara Bertness
Katie Bickford
Peg Brodeur
Emma Brown
Rebecca Byrne
Catharine Calianos
Barbara Carpenter
Joannie Collins
Edmund Croteau
Elizabeth Dickson
Kim Dixson
Nancy Dowen
Julius Ferraro
Ruth Gerath
Sally Gordon
Mary Caitlyn Halm
Joseph Hanson
Christine Hill
Nancy Holt
Holly Johnson
Cara Kotsiris
Betsy Lennon
Susan Loomis
Brian Maynard
Peter Muhitch
Alan Newton
Grace OBrien
Virginia Schmidt Parker
Rachel Petruccillo
Susan Polouski
Brenda Pukas
Denise Reniere
Lindsay Robinson
Rue Sakayama
L. Spear
Nichole Speciale
Joanne Spero
Diane Stacy
J. Tassone
Cheryl Travers
Deborah Wadsworth
Anne Wagner
Susanna Williams
Julie White
Brenda Woodward
Fei Yang