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Actaea pachypoda f. rubrocarpa

 

Doll’s-eyes

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusActaeaFrom ancient Greek, signifying a wet habitat and its leaves’ similarity to Sambucus leaves
Speciespachypoda“With a thick foot or stalk”
f.rubrocarpaFrom Latin rubro-, "red," and carpa, "fruited" (from Stearn's Botanical Latin)

About plant names...

This rare variant of white baneberry is a North American native.

Identification: White baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) is a plant that produces clusters of white berries. Red baneberry (Actaea rubra) produces red berries. This rare variant of white baneberry produces red berries. To make the confusion complete, there is also a rare form of red baneberry (Actaea rubra f. neglecta) that produces white berries. On all of the baneberries, leaves often occur in groups of three, on thin stems, and are saw-toothed.

Some variants are compared below:

 

Actaea pachypoda (Doll’s-eyes)

9/20/2014 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Actaea pachypoda (Doll’s-eyes)

5/22/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 11 × 7" (27 × 18 cm)

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Actaea pachypoda f. rubrocarpa

Actaea pachypoda

Actaea rubra
Common Name

Doll’s-eyes

White Baneberry

Red Baneberry
Flowers Flowerheads of small white flowers are roughly oval in shape. Each flower is ¼" (6.3 mm) across. Flowerheads of small white flowers are roughly oval in shape. Each flower is ¼" (6.3 mm) across. Feathery flowerheads of small white flowers are roughly oval in shape. Each flower is ¼" (6.3 mm) across. Flowers have a roselike fragrance.
Fruit Red berries supported by pedicels that are ⅛" (3 mm) or more in thickness. Instead of the tomato red of red baneberry, these berries have a more luminous deep magenta color, becoming more purplish with time. White berries supported by red pedicels that are ⅛" (3 mm) or more in thickness. Berry tips have black-purple spot. Bright or dark red, oval berries are supported by pedicels that are less than ⅛" (3 mm) thick.
Range/ Zones

USDA Zones: 3-8

Type Wild Wild Wild
Occurrence Rare Common Common

 

Edibility: Skull & Crossbones All parts of this plant are poisonous. As few as two of these very bitter berries may be fatal to children; a half dozen can cause cardiac arrest and bizarre neurological symptoms in an adult. The roots and leaves also contain several poisons that are dangerous when ingested and can cause skin blisters.

Online References:

Actaea pachypoda f. rubrocarpa at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Actaea pachypoda f. rubrocarpa on www.jstor.org

Actaea pachypoda f. rubrocarpa on eFloras

Actaea pachypoda f. rubrocarpa on ZipcodeZoo.com

Actaea pachypoda f. rubrocarpa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Range: Zones 3-8:

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