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American Bittersweet

Celastrus scandens


small seeds enclosed in a bright scarlet fleshy aril


Carolinian forest


I spotted this at Turkey point provincial park. I spotted this before but never with the fruits open like this.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Mona.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thank you Susan.

SusanEllison 10 years ago

so colorful and beautiful

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thank you Claudia!

ClaudiaS 10 years ago

Amazing colors!

nexttogone 10 years ago

Thanks dan.... That is interesting to hear about the old remedies.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks next and Uday. No next, these berries are toxic. American Indians have used this as a folk remedy for chronic liver and skin ailments, rheumatism and used the root bark for a variety of treatments.

Uday 10 years ago

looks like made of wax . great series!

nexttogone 10 years ago

Beautiful series... I've always wondered, do birds or humans eat these?

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Perils and alice. That is a far move. Thank you Yuko and yes kunzah, looks like you did.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 10 years ago

Wow, did I spot the same thing you did, just today?

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Lovelyl colors!

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

I have always loved Bittersweet and now that I am moving to Indiana, I should be able to find some for decorating.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Beauty in your own Backyard!
What a stunning combo of colors!
Thanks for sharing!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Oct 19, 2012
Submitted on Nov 3, 2012

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