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ID needed, funny grape

Eleanor "Sam" Saulys SaulysER at MASPO2.MAS.YALE.EDU
Thu May 30 13:51:06 EST 1996

I was hiking on a downslope of Mt Higby in CT last weekend and came across a 
couple of strange looking items. I did not spot the tree or bush from which 
they fell/rolled; they may have even been carried onto the trail by 
another hiker (unlikely).

The item has the size and feel of a ripe, green grape. It has spots - dark 
brown or purple. The little piece of stem attached was woody. Inside, instead 
of finding fruit substance, there was a small pithy core about the size of a 
match head and it was held in place by numerous filaments extending out to the 
interior walls of this 'grape'.

Anyone out there have a clue? I found two of these, but the only trees I could 
identify above me were chestnut oaks.


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