Photographer: Robert Bierman
Triosteum perfoliatum L.
feverwort, late horse-gentian, tinker's-weed, wild-coffee
Triosteum: Greek for "three bones" referring to the three hard seeds found in each fruit
perfoliatum: Latin for "through the leaf"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2'-4' tall forb; stems with many crisp, short hairs (less than .02")|
|Flower: ||purplish to greenish, 5-parted, 1/2" long, tubular-shaped, unequal lobes, hairy on the back and edges; inflorescence usually a cluster of 3-4 flowers per leaf axil; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||roundish, dry, dull orange/yellow berry with 3 oblong stones|
|Leaf:||large, connected at base|
|Habitat: ||dry; woods, thickets; in thin, rocky soil|