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Do you recognize this plant?

Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 1:39 PM

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I do not remember the name of this beautiful plant that I found this morning, growing on my lane. It's supposed to be standing up straight on a stalk like a hyacinth, but it's been knocked over. It grows in rocky ground underneath the brush. In fact, I found two of them. What are they? (No - raspberry is wrong!)
Continuing in my sluggardly tradition of posting one pitiful piece per month, I decided this morning to regale my readers (if there are any left) with a "flower"...er...plant ....er..growing THING... that I found on my lane this morning. The weather is finally cool enough (Thank you, God!!) for me to venture outside the house in the early morning.

I remember having seen this alien-looking plant years ago, when my husband found it growing in the shadow of the sumac, honeysuckle, and poison ivy.

At the time, we found the plant listed in a Missouri Conservation fact sheet that may have come from a booth at the Semo Fair. Not really sure, and I can't remember the name -- "Dragon Blood"??? Surely not! My mind must be playing tricks on me.

I've never done more than just LOOK at the beautiful beaded object; after all, these plants always sit back under the shade of the blackberry briers, and I have no intention of risking poison ivy contamination.

I'm open to suggestion - Anybody know what it is? I know it looks like a raspberry, but it isn't. It grows upright on a thick stalk, with one single "bloom."


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Beautiful, reminds me of a clump of candy coated cherries,, yumyum.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 1:52 PM

I'm going to check back with you to see if someone can name this because I had one growing several years ago in my back yard. I saw it only that one time--never before or since. It is truly a beautiful object, is it not?

-- Posted by geezerette on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 3:03 PM

Haven't a clue, but the fruit strongly reminds one of red currants...checking for flavor could be problematic without a positive identification, but if it is currants, the jelly therefrom is gorgeous on home-made biscuits, and makes a good base for a BBQ sauce!!! Yes, Miss Madeline, your adoring fans were beginning to wonder where in SAM HILL you had wandered off to or from!!!Going to McPherson, Kansas this weekend for a BBQ cook-off, y'all stay cool down home, molater, kk

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 12:54 PM

I think Gilligan at this plant and fell asleep for awhile. Missed a boat or something.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 1:29 PM

MD, I think you are pulling our legs! The orbs are so perfectly and uniformly formed that they look like the fake plastic grapes used in a table setting. I'd like to see the video of you putting them in place and giggling as you took the picture!!! When will it be on Youtube??

-- Posted by FJGuy on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 3:08 PM

What a joker, FJ! I don't believe you're taking this quest seriously!

I've seen the plant, but, like geezerette, I've watched for it for years without ever seeing it again.

As for tasting it, I would advise against it. The one I saw did not look inviting enough to even touch. "Look but don't touch!" - like those beautiful red mushrooms.

As for Gilligan, I wish he would wake up and come back to our little square screens: I miss him!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 9:18 AM

This is off-topic, but I was looking at the right side of the screen, and noticed that the archived blog "Another Adventure in Memphis" appeared below the title of the current blog. That always means that the blog has received a new posting - so I checked it and found that a new blogger has given a first-hand account of what it was like to go to Ashlar Hall when it was a nightclub run by "Prince Mongo."

Thanks, "Kristy," for some more weird facts about this very strange castle and the man who owns it!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 9:38 AM

I'm taking it very seriously GL. They say that no two of the trillions of snowflakes are identical, yet you claim to have found an object whose every orb is identical??? If this object is real then there are two explanations: It is the result of a mad scientist's genetic experiments; or, it is from another world in which replication is normal. Either way ... yikes!!!

-- Posted by FJGuy on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 4:15 PM

Who said the orbs were perfect? Oh, yes - you did.

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 5:58 PM


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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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