Triosteum aurantiacum E.P.Bicknell
Family: Caprifoliaceae
early horse-gentian, orange-fruit horse-gentian
Triosteum aurantiacum image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Triosteum: Greek for "three bones" referring to the three hard seeds found in each fruit
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-4' tall forb; stems with many crisp, long hairs (greater than .02")
Leaves: large, not connected at the base
Flowers: purplish to red, 5-parted, 1/2" long, tubular-shaped, unequal lobes; inflorescence usually a cluster of 3-4 flowers per leaf axil; blooms May-June
Fruits: roundish, dry, bright orange/red berry with 3 oblong stones
Habitat: woods, thickets; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native