Potato relatives

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Bittersweet
 
Bittersweet
Harilik maavits      
 
There are two species of "maavits", “ground vine“, in Estonia – the bittersweet, “harilik maavits“,  with its red fruits, and the black nightshade, "must maavits“, (Solanum nigrum ), with black fruits. The first is a perennial semishrub and common in our nature, habitat sparse forests or damp brushwoods, the second is a relatively common weed in fields and an annual.
 
All parts of the plant are slightly toxic and if the berrries are eaten they can cause vomiting. In case of poisoning the vomiting is only for good because so the body can get rid of most of the ingested poisons. As a first aid charcoal tablets can be given.
 
The berries of the bittersweet in the beginning of autumn are beautifully arranged hanging at the tips of the fruit vines, shining, and seem almost translucent seen against light ...
 

They are potato relatives, the genus name of the potato is also Solanum.



 

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