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Staghorn Sumac - Rhus typhina Habitat: Coastal Maine Geotagged,Rhus typhina,Staghorn Sumac tree,Summer,United States,rhus,sumac Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. The dried fruit can be used to make a sort of lemonade-like drink. Posted 2 months ago
    1. Yes! Sumacade :). It's tart, but good. If you harvest the fruit after it rains, it will be less tart. But, the drupes often are very buggy, so it can be annoying to harvest them. Posted 2 months ago
      1. Here are a couple suggestions for your wild edibles list:
        Rosa rugosa, fruits  Flora,Macro,Plants,Rosa rugosa,edible,fruits,medicinal

        Allegheny Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) Growing in a backyard habitat in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.<br />
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Rubus allegheniensis is a species of bramble that is commonplace in Georgia and throughout the eastern US. It can often be found growing in large patches on roadsides, in meadows, and along streams. Its fruits are edible and quite delicious! <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61457/allegheny_blackberry_rubus_allegheniensis.html<br />
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Blooms from around a month ago:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/59857/american_blackberry_rubus_allegheniensis.html Allegheny blackberry,Geotagged,Rubus allegheniensis,Spring,United States

        Common Ramps - Allium tricoccum Ramps are a highly-prized wild edible that have a funky garlic flavor.  They have broad, smooth-edged green leaves that are 10-30 cm long and have parallel veins.  Two-three leaves will grow from each white bulb on stalks that are tinged with reddish purple. The bulb has white, stringy roots coming out of it. White flowers emerge on an unbranched, smooth stalk that emerges from the center of the bulb.  Eventually, the flowers will produce black seeds.<br />
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I found a large group of ramps growing on the bank of a stream in a deciduous forest. Ramps are species of special concern in numerous states, and there are regulations on collecting (none in NY where I spotted these). When foraging is allowed, it is advisable to never collect more than 10% of a patch.  Furthermore, taking the entire plant is a really bad idea because ramps are very slow reproducers as they mostly spread through perennial bulb division.  You should always strive to leave the bulbs intact, and only collect one leaf per plant.<br />
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**Note: I only dug up one ramp as I was teaching my kids about wild edibles.  The patch was large, and the species is not regulated in New York.  Normally, I would never dig up the entire plant or take the bulb. Allium tricoccum,Geotagged,Spring,United States,allium,common ramps,ramps,ramson,spring onion,wild garlic,wild leek,wood leek

        Northern Highbush Blueberry - Vaccinium corymbosum  Northern Highbush Blueberry is a deciduous shrub that grows 6–12 feet tall. The dark glossy leaves are elliptical; the flowers are white, long, and bell-shaped; and the fruit is a small blue-black berry that will ripen during July-August in the northeastern US. It is a significantly important food crop. I found several bushes that were in various stages of ripening. They were growing in a mixed forest bordering a pond.<br />
 Geotagged,Northern highbush blueberry,Summer,United States,Vaccinium corymbosum,blueberry,vaccinium

        Meadow Garlic -Allium canadense Meadow garlic is native to eastern North America. It is an edible wild onion with a relatively mild flavor. The stem is topped by bulblets with sprouted, green tails. It’s called both an onion and garlic because while it is technically a wild onion, it has a very strong garlic aroma.<br />
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Fun fact - when rubbed on the body, it makes a decent insect repellant. <br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61624/meadow_garlic_-_allium_canadense.html Allium,Allium canadense,Canada onion,Canadian garlic,Geotagged,Spring,United States,meadow garlic,wild garlic,wild onion

        Opuntia humifusa
        Mock Strawberry Dutch name: Sieraardbei (Potentilla Indica) Duchesnea indica,Geotagged,Mock strawberry,Potentilla indica,The Netherlands

        Fiddlehead Fern  The unfurled, sterile leaves, which first appear above ground during the spring, are rolled and circular in shape. At this stage of development, they are referred to as 'fiddleheads' or 'croziers'. These fiddleheads are especially prized in the northeastern United States, where they are collected, sold, and eaten as gourmet food.  Geotagged,Matteuccia struthiopteris,Ostrich fern,Spring,United States,crozier,fern,fiddlehead fern,ostrich fern

        Wild Sarsaparilla Leafless stalk topped with round clusters of greenish-white flowers beneath one large, umbrella-like leaf.  I didn't get a shot of the large leaf because it was missing from this plant.<br />
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The aromatic rhizomes of this plant are used as a substitute for sarsaparilla. The roots are also used in tea or chewed on their own. Aralia nudicaulis,Geotagged,Sarsaparilla,Spring,United States,Wild Sarsaparilla,Wild sarsaparilla,flowers,white,wildflowers

        Partridge Berry - Mitchella repens These low evergreen plants form large mats that cover large areas of the forest floor. They have shiny, green leaves and bright red berries that have two dimples. Each partridge berry has two dimples because each berry grows from two flowers...Both flowers must be pollinated in order to develop a single red berry. So, each berry is the result of the fusion of ovaries from the pair of pollinated flowers. This results in each berry having two bright red spots on its surface. These berries are edible, but pretty flavorless. They are high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, and antioxidants. It's fun to search for them as a snack while hiking, but not very filling!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/71536/partridge_berry_-_mitchella_repens.html Fall,Geotagged,Mitchella repens,Partridge Berry,Partridge berry,United States,berry,red,red berry

        Poor Man's Mustard White flowers with 4 petals clustered at the stem tips. Leaves are toothed and have a garlic odor when crushed.<br />
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This plant has a biennial life cycle - so, it only lives for two years. During the first year, it just looks like a cluster leaves. In the second year, tall stalks with small, white, terminal flowers grow. They are edible during the second year and taste like garlic. The flowers are delicious in salads, and the seeds can be roasted and ground for use as a spice. Alliaria petiolata,Garlic Mustard,Garlic mustard,Geotagged,Poor Man's Mustard,Spring,United States,hedge garlic,penny hedge

        Posted 2 months ago
      2. Yes, lots of bugs! Posted 2 months ago
        1. And, their feces. Not at all pleasant. Posted 2 months ago

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''Rhus typhina'' syn. ''R. hirta'' is a species of flowering plant in the family Anacardiaceae, native to eastern North America. It is primarily found in Southeastern Canada, the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Appalachian Mountains, but is widely cultivated as an ornamental throughout the temperate world.

Similar species: Sapindales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jan 14, 2019. Captured Sep 5, 2018 14:05 in 23 School St, Ogunquit, ME 03907, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/14.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm