Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Moench
- Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
- Flowering: July-September
- Field Marks: This shrub is recognized by its opposite, toothless leaves, its small, pinkish, bell-shaped flowers, and its purple-red berries.
- Habitat: Along streams, moist or dry woods, thickets, and pastures.
- Habit: Shrub up to 6 feet tall.
- Stems: Erect or ascending, usually hairy, purplish, brown, or gray.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, ovate to oval, rounded to pointed at the tip, rounded at the base,
toothless but wavy-edged, smooth on the upper surface, softly hairy on the lower surface, up to
1 1/2 inches long, up to 1 1/2 inches wide; leaf stalks up to 1/6 inch long.
- Flowers: Several crowded into clusters in the axils of the leaves, sometimes the clusters
elongating into short spikes.
- Sepals: 5, green, united to form a short tube; tube hairy on the inside.
- Petals: 5, pinkish, united into a short bell-shaped structure, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Stamens: 5, attached to the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Berries ovoid to spherical, purple-red, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Notes: This species is sometimes called buckbrush or Indian currant. The slender stems are
sometimes woven into baskets.
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