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Feb 15, 2006 INDIAN CUCUMBER
N. Walker

The partridge berry plant produces two small white flowers (with one calyx) each open to permit collection of nectar by insects. Each blossom has one pistil and four stamens. The pistil in one is short and the stamens are long. In the other it is just the opposite. Both flowers must be cross-pollinated by insects to get a single healthy berry. A berry will stay on the vine until blooms appear the following year unless removed by a bird. In the photo, the two right hand flowers appear to be joined. The red berries left from the previous year were conspiculous.