Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and Native Plants

Among Rhode Island Wildflowers

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Hello and welcome to Among-RI-Wildflowers
This site was created by Kathy Barton
and Fran Underwood, to whom we are grateful
for the wealth of information and
historical botany found in these pages.

What plant is that?

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October 2022 Mystery Plant--whole plant

October 2022 Mystery Plant--closeup

October 2022 Mystery Plant--habit

upper photo: © Matt Tillett
middle photo: © Ken-ichi Ueda
lower photo: © aposematic herpetologist

October’s mystery plant is a fairly
common woodland herb that is found in
rich moist woods and grows to 1-2 feet.
Its entire, elliptical, leaves form 2
whorled tiers. Greenish-yellow 6-petalled
flowers hang from the upper tier from
late May into June. Dark purple berries
held above the top tier of leaves follow
in late summer. The white root is edible,
but please try to resist picking this
lovely native!

Note: check the latest nomenclature

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

Click here for last month's
mystery plant, or here for
Mystery Plants from
past months.

E-mail your guess to us at
and if you're right we'll list
your name below next month!

Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
our September Mystery Plant:

Elizabeth Dickson
Erin Foley
Nathaniel Gill
Christine Griffith
Melissa Hughes
Alan Newton
Alesia Sadosky
Rebecca Silliman
Brenda Woodward

and URI Field Botany Students
Tamara Astvatsaturova
Jeff Bodendorf
Sarah Collins
Allie Garlick
Riley LaPre
Molly McKenna
Sherry Milano
Rachel Sparks