Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and Native Plants

Among Rhode Island Wildflowers

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This site was started by Kathy Barton
and Fran Underwood, to whom we are so
grateful for the wealth of information and
historical botany found in these pages.

What plant is that?

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May 2022 Mystery Plant—whole plant

May 2022 Mystery Plant—whole plant

May 2022 Mystery Plant—whole plant

May 2022 Mystery Plant—close up

Top three photos: © Doug McGrady

Bottom photo: © Arthur Haines, The Native Plant Trust

Our May Mystery plant is
a woody sub-shrub that is more
common in northern New England
where summers are cooler, but it
has been reported in Providence
and Kent counties. It is considered
rare in Rhode Island and is a species of
concern. It has a whorl of ovate pointed
leaves and in May an umbel of tiny
greenish-yellow flowers surrounded
by four white bracts. It grows 4” to 9”
tall. The small red berry-like drupes
ripen in a cluster during late August
and give this plant one of
its’ colloquial names.

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.

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and if you're right we'll list
your name below next month!

Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying the
April 2022 Mystery Plant:

Ednor Larson
Wendy Miller
Anne Wagner
Kathy Barton
Nathaniel Gill
Christine Griffith
Kathleen Bracken
Brenda Woodward
Erin Foley
Ivy Burns
Melissa Hughes
Lindsay Richardson
Uma Kuruganti
Donna Trottier
Carol Horta
Stephanie Seiden
Erica Chellel
Kyle Coughlin
Mary O’Connor
Hunter Urban
Renee Belair
Alan Newton
Alesia Sadosky
Krista Noe
Janice Sieser
Michelle Travis