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Tutsan

Hypericum androsaemum

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Hypericaceae (St. John's Wort)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 yellow largish petals. Individual flowers up to 2.5cm across. Stamens similar in length as the sepals.
Fruit:
Spherical green berry-like fruit, changing to red and then finally a purplish-black upon ripening. The fruit contains several brown seeds, each about 1mm in length.
Leaves:
Egg-shaped leaves which are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems. They are bright green and turn red in autumn. The untoothed leaves are stalkless and clasp the stems.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The berries are poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Smells slightly of curry after the leaves are crushed.
Other Names:
Shrubby St John's Wort, Sweet-amber.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, wasteland, waterside, woodland.