Or Woody Nightshade. I am talking about Solanum dulcamara.
I didn’t find it here on the farm until September last year and by that time all that I had to photograph was the fruit.
It is a typical Nightshade flower with the petals turned sharply back and the stamens are actually held in place like that with a glue that the plant produces. If it doesn’t produce the glue they go all over the place.
This next picture is a Black Nightshade flower, Solanum nigrum (It is called Black Nightshade because the berries are “Black” not the flower 🙂 ).
Back to Woody Nightshade.
Each petal has a small white spot with a green centre at the very base of it’s inside surface. These spots are exposed when the petals turn back.
As you might expect from a Nightshade the berries are poisonous (Not all Nightshades are poisonous, Black Nightshade is grown as a food crop in many parts of the world and I have just been reading that it is grown as a food crop in North America. Suit yourselves 🙂 )
Woody Nightshade is poisonous.
But what I am getting at is that unless you have some severe reaction, one berry won’t kill you, if you want to know what they taste like. I have read, from people who did want to know, that they are bitterly disgusting and I am prepared to accept that.
That is the reason that people don’t normally die from eating them. You have to eat a lot, thirty, forty or more, so you would have to hate yourself to keep on munching after the first one.
There are some other fruits that I only discovered after the flowers were spent. Black Bryony is almost ready, I am just waiting for the female flowers, the males are already open. Also the Guelder Rose, that is not going so well, I have lost it but expect to find it again when it flowers 🙂