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Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)  
Family: Solanaceae      
                     
  blacklocustleaves  

Location:

  • Moist soil, partial shade
  • Found along edges of fields, streams, and wetlands, and in vacant lands and roadsides
  • Can grow high on trees or form thickets on ground

Characteristics:

  • Perennial vine or small shrub
  • Crushed leaves and bark have unpleasant scent

 

Uses:

  • Poisonous berries; unripe berries are particularly poisonous, ripe berries less so but still dangerous

 
 

 

Leaves:

  • Dark green or purple in color
  • 1-2 small lobes near base
  • 2 - 9 cm (1-4 in) long
         
    blackcherrybark  
         

 

Fruiting Structures:

  • Star-shaped, purple, curling backwards petals
  • Stamens fused in central yellow cone
  • Berries round or egg-shaped, bright red color, yellow seeds
  • WARNING! Berries are toxic to ingest.
 
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