Speckled jewels

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Next up in the late summer fruit series is the Canada Mayflower. Found in the forest understory, its tiny flowers become small speckled berries which dot the ground. When most people think  of a berry,  they think of something they would eat. When botanists talk about berries, it includes the more inclusive definition, a fleshy fruit with seeds inside which may or may not  be safe for humans to eat. This one won’t kill you but it is known to cause diarrhea in sensitive individuals.

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