what are these little palm trees?

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by Columbia,SC., Apr 9, 2006.

  1. Columbia,SC.

    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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    I have these babies all over my woods. It seems like they got a white flower on them lastyear.
    Any ideas, good, bad, harmfull, or tastey?
    Thanks, Columbia,SC.
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  2. caballoviejo

    caballoviejo Well-Known Member

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    Some shoots with two leaves and some single leaves of

    Podophyllum peltatum


    Mayapple
     

  3. Nature_Lover

    Nature_Lover Well-Known Member

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    Great photos!

    They're mayapples, and they're poison until the fruit is fully yellow, ripe, jelly-like and mushy, I tried it, and didn't care for it - my kids love them. You can google mayapple recipes mostly jellies and juices. They're compared to melons and strawberries, supposed to be a real tropical-fruit-tasting treat.

    Around here the wild critters usually get them before they taste good, anyway.
    I have patches of them scattered in our woods, too.

    They grow where the conditions are right for quite a few different medicinal plants, ginseng, goldenseal, etc.
    So grab a book, and go find something useful! lol

    In our mid-Missouri woods, they are just coming up, and they are usually spent by the end of July-middle of August.
     
  4. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    lol, i found myself scanning the patch for morel mushrooms. be sure to look for those around these plants.
     
  5. Columbia,SC.

    Columbia,SC. Thats MR. Redneck to you

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    Thanks!
    We have been knocking them down and the kids thought it was great fun to run the dog thru them..... NO MORE!
    I asked my wife what if this stuff is like poison ivy or worse? It was a 'hunch' now I know, THANK YOU ALL!
    Columbia,SC.
     
  6. Gailann Schrader

    Gailann Schrader Green Woman

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    Poison Ivy has three leaves and is a hairy vine.

    Poison Sumac is a shrubby tree and has white, pendulous berries.

    MayApples (American Mandrake) is mostly harmless... A harbinger of real Spring. Enjoy!

    You might contact a local extension office to see if they have a listing of poisonous/irritating plants local to your area...
     
  7. Terry W

    Terry W Duchess of Cynicism

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    oh, i cant wait for our mayapples to come up!! I am leading a tour tomorrow, Easter sunday, at our arboretum--last weekend we had some early viburnum blooming, one or two azaleas, and some stuff I am not familiar with-- thats okay-- most of the tour people just want to see something springy!!! The magnolias are starting to swell real nicely!