Actaea rubra (Baneberry) - photos and description





General: Bushy woodland plant with showy clusters of berries in mid-summer. Stems glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers are white, borne in dense racemes, with a slight fragrance. Flowers to 15 mm diameter, racemes to 3 cm long.

Fruit: Berries measured to 1 cm long, poisonous. Berries red or white in colour.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, compound, leaflets oval, deeply incised, terminal leaflets measured to 6 cm long and 6 cm wide. Petioles hairy, leaflets with a few hairs on top, hairy on bottom of leaflets.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 100 cm, we've measured plants to 82 cm tall.

Habitat: Rich woodlands.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken June 4th mixed woods in the Cypress Hills, about 400 km southwest of Regina, SK, mixed woods in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, about 300 km northeast of Regina, SK, and July 28th, forest, Moose Mountain Provincial Park, about 200 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.