Wild Florida Photo - Mitchella repens

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Mitchella repens

PARTRIDGEBERRY

TWINBERRY

Florida native

 

This evergreen perennial can be found in hammocks and moist upland wood forests throughout most of the panhandle and much of the north and central peninsula. The range extends west into Texas and Oklahoma and though the eastern portion of North America as far north as Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland.
This woody herb grows prostrate and appears vine-like. The leaves are opposite, ovoid and glabrous. The usually four-lobed flowers are white, sometimes tinged with pink and hairy inside. Flowers appear in pairs and have a fused ovary, producing a berry with two dimples.

 
Mitchella repens is a member of the Rubiaceae - Madder family.