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Can anyone identify this plant...

Post  Tall Guy on Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:16 am



From higher altitudes in East Tennessee Smokey Mountains... with berries, low growing, in rocky outcrop areas. Picture taken 11-12-2013

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Post  fiona on Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:33 am

Looks like Gaultheria procumbens to me.

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Post  Tall Guy on Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:31 am

Thank You!

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Post  M. Frary on Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:39 am

Looks like wintergreen to me. Taste a leaf and you will know.

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Post  fiona on Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:05 pm

As far as I can see, it's the same thing, Mike.

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:59 pm

fiona wrote:As far as I can see, it's the same thing, Mike.
But have you TASTED it?

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No seriously, what does it taste like. Don't know this plant ad all.

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:25 pm

If they're right, it tastes like . . . wintergreen.

If they're wrong . . . we'll miss you. <g>

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wintergreen ID

Post  Robert Taylor on Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:05 pm

I'm with the others for wintergreen. It's a pleasant taste.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaultheria_procumbens

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Post  appalachianOwl on Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:58 pm

One of my favorite wild native flavors! Not thaught to train/work with it though, interesting to say the least, let us know how it goes. On a side note, what part of East Tn you call home?

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Post  Tall Guy on Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:21 am

Hi everyone, thanks for the replies. I did rub some of the leaves together and it did have kind of a minty smell... kind of like old school Clove or Teaberry Gum. I didn't eat any, I wasn't that brave. Very Happy 

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Post  Tall Guy on Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:25 am

The plants were located on Jellico Mtn. in upper East TN, close to KY state line.... in patches that covered the ground close to some bluffs. So the berries are edible??

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Identify this Plant

Post  bonsaisr on Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:17 am

Yes, the berries make teaberry or wintergreen flavor.
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