Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Wild Oats (Sessile Bellwort) (Uvularia sessilifolia): Images

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June 29, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire It looked so much like Solomon‘s Seal with the exception that the stem forked into two Solomon‘s Seal-like arching stems and instead of inedible fruit beneath the leaves, there is a green, 3-parted, triangular pod. With a lot of research and the help of Judy, we identified this plant. One of the biggest helpful web pages was this Minnesota web page on Solomon‘s Seal identification and look-alikes:

Solomon's_Seal_ID.htm

I could tell that it was not Feathery False Solomon‘s Seal (Maianthemum racemosum) because the leaves do not grow off of little black buds and there were not flowers or fruit at the end of the stalks. It looked similar to Rose-Twisted Stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus) (from the above-mentioned web page), but instead of fruit beneath the leaves it had that green pod. It was not the Large-Flowered Bellwort from the above-mentioned web page, but I checked and realized that Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) grows in New Hampshire. It has the exact green pod that grows below this plant! One of the confusing aspects is that the younger Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) does not look like the pictures to the right or below because the leaves droop significantly until after the plant flowers and then the leaves stiffen up to look more like Solomon‘s Seal.

The leaves are usually 1-1/2 to 3 inches long growing on a stem that is not straight. The leaves are light green above and slightly whitish below. The leaf veins are parallel. As mentioned above, the stem forks into two Solomon‘s Seal-like arching stems. Flowers (not shown) are narrow, bell-shaped and hang beneath the leaves. After flowering a green, somewhat round, somewhat triangular pod hangs beneath the leaves. Inside the pod are tiny round white seeds.
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July 24, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire I took a large number of pictures of Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) so I could compare it to pictures of Solomon‘s Seal.
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July 25, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Took some close-up pictures of the back of Sessile Bellwort leaves. In addition, I here are a couple very high resolution pictures of the back of Sessile Bellwort leaf and Solomon‘s Seal leaf.
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April 26, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire