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Clusters of red capsules adorn the branch of this prickly-ash. When ripe, the fruit will turn black. Keith Corliss

For some, curiosity never quite satisfied; An outdoors quest for answers

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A couple of weeks ago I found myself in a familiar patch of woods on the edge of town looking for birds (imagine that). Birding ended up being quite slow which afforded me time to take careful note of the varied plant life nearby. While checking out the array of different leaves in one particular thicket, I noticed clusters of small reddish fruit hanging from a tree I thought I knew well, prickly-ash (Zanthoxylum americanum). I guess I didn't.

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