Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 01/21/2014


Photo taken on August 17, 2013


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White Twisted-stalk
Clasping twistedstalk
Claspleaf twistedstalk
Twistedstalk
Brown-Lowery Provincial Park
SW of Calgary
Alberta
Canada
botany
berries
forest
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plant
nature
Watermelon berry


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Claspleaf twistedstalk berries

Claspleaf twistedstalk berries
The red berries of the Twisted-stalk plant are always so welcoming when you are on a walk through the forest. The bright splash of colour catches your eye amongst all the green. Taken on 17 August 2013 at Brown-Lowery Provincial Park, SW of Calgary. Also known as twistedstalk, clasping twistedstalk, claspleaf twistedstalk, White Twisted-stalk, or Watermelon berry.

"Twisted Stalk was used as a food plant by Native Americans in Eastern North America and as a medicine. The plant was referred to by early settlers of Eastern and Western North America as "wild cucumber" and as "scoot berries" for the mildly laxative effects of the berries if they are eaten in excessive quantities. The tender young shoots of this plant were eaten by Native Americans as a salad green, but most consider the plant and berries poisonous. The entire plant is sweet with a cucumber-like flavor.[citation needed] The berries are reported to be juicy and sweet, with a cucumber-like flavor.[citation needed] The juice of the berries was used as a soothing treatment for burns by American Indians.
Twisted Stalk has a supercifial resemblance to False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), but Twisted Stalk produces axillary flowers and fruits along the stem, where False Solomon's Seal produces a terminal inflorescence." From Wikipedia.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streptopus_amplexifolius

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LeapFrog
LeapFrog
Lovely colour contrasts to this "Christmasy" effect ... superb lighting and terrific composition ... well taken and presented!!
3 years ago.
Cats 99
Cats 99
What a tongue twisty name! :) Beautifully photographed!
3 years ago.