I found this plant in the O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area near Madoc. It caught my attention last fall because of the interesting seed head. Do you have any idea what species it is?

Ulrike Kullik, Havelock

Note:  According to Mike McMurtry, a local ecologist and botanist, this is an Orange-fruited Horse-gentian (Triosteum aurantiacum).  It is a native species that grows in rich deciduous woods but is not common. As the picture shows, it has opposite broad leaves and dark red/purplish/brown flowers in leaf the axils. It is closely related to Wild Coffee (Triosteum perfoliatum). I was not aware of this plant before. D.M.

Orange-fruited Horse-gentian – O’Hara Mills C.A. – Madoc – June 12, 2017 – Ulrike Kullik

Orange-fruited Horse-gentian 2- O’Hara Mills C.A. – Madoc – June 12, 2017 – Ulrike Kullik


Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.