Orange seed in the orange pod

enquiringmind(4)November 13, 2010

When I walked my dog this morning, I saw a lot of orange pods on the bush not far from our street and each pot has 1 orange juicy seed inside. Would anyone can help id these plants, more importantly - are these seeds/berries or current poison to cats/dogs/human...etc? thanks for your help ....(The JPG I tried to upload was rejected due to its large size, would anyone know how to reduce or convert to different format with smaller size ? - thanks )

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

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    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 11:35AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

No resizing necessary!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2010 at 11:41AM
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weedwoman(z6 NJ)

Even without the picture, do they look like the picture in the link? Sounds like Bittersweet, Celastrus sp. Don't know what you would have where you are, but there is an invasive weedy one and a native one - both woody vines but maybe they looked bushlike because they were growing over other things. I don't think they're poisonous.

WW

Here is a link that might be useful: Bittersweet

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 6:21PM
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enquiringmind(4)

Thanks for the idea of a photo link - saltcedar - I had included link to the 2 pictures I took. Hope it turns out OK ....
Thanks WW for the link to your pictures ... no - it does not look like the Bittersweet .... Hope the link I posted here works ok.... otherwise - I will try again ...
Thanks !

Here is a link that might be useful: 2 pictures posted in the Kodak Gallery

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 8:22AM
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carol23_gw

It looks like Physalis

Here is a link that might be useful: Physalis pod images

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 8:26AM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

Physalis alkekengi, commonly known as Chinese lantern plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: Physalis alkekengi, Chinese lantern plant

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 10:10AM
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enquiringmind(4)

THANKS - carol23 - YES - the chinese lantern.... they looked exactly like that.... after reading some articles from your link...
I noticed "The unripe berries can be highly toxic and possibly fatal,although the ripe fruit is edible......etc "
Also - many other similar readings also indicated that the edible fruit from this "family" of plants are actually good for health.
So - I guess the last question remaining is.... have you (anyone? ) tried the "ripe fruit" from this plant ? ...
mmmmm -looking for some real yummy adventurers here ! ...:-)
THANKS for all your info on this !

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 10:14AM
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