White Baneberry - Actaea pachypoda (Buttercup family - Ranunclaceae)

 

White Baneberry - Actaea pachypoda (Buttercup family - Ranunclaceae) This plant is more showy in fruit than in flower. From late July throughout September, it bears glossy white egg-shaped berries with dark spots at the ends that resemble the china eyes once used in dolls, accounting for its alternate names of "doll's-eyes" and "white beads."

 

 

 

The berries are attached to the stem by thick red stalks and, as the common name suggests, these berries are poisonous. The small white flowers grow on short terminal stalks: the species name (from Greek pachys, "thick," and podos, "foot") reflecting this. The petals of this small flower are short lived. The leaves are triple compounded with pointed, sharply toothed leaflets. Rich woods and thickets.

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