No posts yesterday because of this…..
Almost the last pic from yours truly. Got new meds for crazy monkey, something called Luvox, supposed to be good for OCD which is my black dog (I’m reading a bio of Winston Churchill and that’s what he always called his depressive states). Anyhow, up at 4, off at 6, to get to Penn at 9. Two hours of oh boy fun then on the way back the Luvox took over and I could barely keep my eyes open, despite buying the biggest, strongest coffee Saxby’s sells. I was in the passing lane and guess I actually nodded off because I thought I ran into the retaining barrier which definitely got me awake. When I stopped there was no damage so they must have something like those rumble strips that make a horrid noise when you get real close because I got REAL close. Stopped at Darling Preserve and felt horrible but the more I walked and sweated the better I felt so definitely over-medicated, so Luvox in the garbage. Better OCD than DOA….hmm, like that for a column.
Anyhow, bunchberry fruit…..
Cornus canadensis, commonly known as dwarf cornel or bunchberry, is a shrubby deciduous ground cover that typically grows to 4- 9” tall and spreads in the landscape by creeping rhizomes. This dwarf species of dogwood produces the same shaped leaves and flowers found on the familiar Cornus florida tree except in smaller size. In North America, it is primarily native to coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests throughout Canada and the northern U.S., south in the Appalachians to Virginia and in the Rocky Mountains to New Mexico. This is a circumpolar species which is also native to eastern Asia.
Conspicuously-veined, oval to elliptic, glossy, medium to dark green leaves (to 1-2” long) are located near the stem tops in false whorls of 4-6. Red to purple fall color. Flowers emerge in late spring. Each flower consists of a tiny greenish-yellow umbel surrounded by four showy, oval, petal-like white bracts (each bract to 1” long). Flowers give way to terminal clusters of berry-like drupes (1/4” diameter) which ripen in August to bright red with good persistence on the plant until late fall unless earlier consumed by birds. Drupes are edible for humans.
Genus name comes from the Latin word cornu meaning horn in probable reference to the strength and density of the wood. Cornus is also the Latin name for cornelian cherry.
Specific epithet is in reference to the native habitat of this plant which includes Canada.
Common name of dwarf cornel refers to the red fruits which resemble in color the semi-precious gemstone carnelian (or cornelian). Common name of bunchberry refers to the fruit clusters (berries in bunches).