Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 08:30 pm
I have tried many combinations of search terms and I am finding nothing.

It is a vine with red .. THINGS.. about as long as my pinky.
They start out looking like little watermelons . As they get older, they get bright red and soft

I found them by the truck loads at the cemetery today but I have no idea what they are and if they can be eaten?

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/6867/vine.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 08:49 pm
@shewolfnm,
I dunno, the photo reminds me of something but the leaves are entirely wrong.

Consider googleing vines in your zone - look up vines in your zone re the regular thing (I forget, I think of it as usda, and I gather they've adjusted their takes, very recently) and sunset zones., which I am used to, which started with 24, and, to me, aren't enough.) Or, just look re your city.

shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 08:56 pm
@ossobuco,
I have tried that.
Native texas vie
austin common vine
red fruit wild texas
and a few variations. Nada. It is possible it is a transplant.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 09:03 pm
@shewolfnm,
http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/cabeza-cooking/inland.html

some kind of Texas globeberry. Apparently the root is the desirable part.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 09:05 pm
Could be red bryony
http://blog.metmuseum.org/cloistersgardens/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/bryonia-b-bell-08-img_0039.jpg
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 09:05 pm
@ehBeth,
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ibli

http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/320x240/JAM6151/6151_IMG00557.JPG
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jun, 2009 09:17 pm
@ehBeth,
I've no clue on this plant..

is it edible?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jun, 2009 04:15 pm
@ossobuco,
Some variants are apparently edible, however they are supposed to be bitter beyond usefulness. Native amerinds apparently used the tubers.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jun, 2009 04:29 pm
Oh lord.

That was the nastiest thing I have eaten in a long time.

beth was spot on with the website. Smile

and it is.........an odd flavor.
You expect bitter with its taste.. but you dont ever QUITE get to bitter because it does not dry out your mouth to -become- bitter..

odd.
What an experience that was.
I am saving the seeds. I like the vine it grows on and is a butterfly/bee friendly plant. Smile
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jun, 2009 04:34 pm
@shewolfnm,
I think it might be a nice vine in a container - I wondered if it might get thick enough to be sort of as a living air conditioner/window screen.
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jun, 2009 04:37 pm
@ehBeth,
Not really.
The vine is long and thin and the leaves are about the size of my palm.
They are spaced almost 8 inches apart if not more.. and they do not really offer any shade.

Now, that COULD BE due to the soil where I found them. Maybe they can grow thick, but from what I saw they really dont.
They are quite unique looking though. Very interesting. The fruit is spaced perfectly apart and it looks like a line of red christmas lights
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sullyfish6
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jun, 2009 05:55 pm
That leaf looks like my porcelain vine. It throws berries, but the leaves are not the size you have.

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