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bilberrys ?

Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by andyc54, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. andyc54

    andyc54 Settler

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    hi i was out blackberying with the daughter this afternoon and found these berrys.question is are these bilberrys? if they are i'm so excited cause i've found a good amount

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  2. Mick w.

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    Hard to tell from that. Bilberrys have like a sort of misty 'bloom' over them, as if they are covered in fog. There's a similar heatherlike plant which as a kid we were told was poisonous (don't know if that's true!) which is smaller and blacker as opposed to purpely-blue, so best to make sure! The leaves of bilberries are wider and flatter than t'other one, which is more needle-like in appearance.
     
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    Look like sloes to me . . .
     
  4. lannyman8

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    any more pics a bit bigger or close up?????
     
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    how big is the bush/tree thay are growing on...
     
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    this is bilbeery, usually found on moorland and heath
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    They look like cherry laurel to me, although the photo is very small, definatly not bilbery though.

    If they are cherry laurel, they are poisonous so dont pick and eat them
     
  8. andyc54

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    Well the bush was about 1.5ft highon the edge of horse paddocks with like a cloudy covering to be honest toilet diggers pic the berrys look flatter than the ones i found will put some bigger pics on tomorrow when im on a computer as im using my phone now
     
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    100% definately not Billberry
     
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    I'd have said sloes from the leaves - (and I think I can just make out a thorn as well). Not bilberrys, but makes a lovely drink (sloe vodka's my favourite).
     
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    Yeah sure they are sloe berrys googled some pics....well sloe vodka it is lol
     
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    I'm not fully convinced they're sloes y'know... the shape and the remaining sepal/petal area remind me more of a rosehip. Split one open - multiple seeds inside?

    EDIT - Pah, I'm looking at T/Diggers pic which isnt the same as the OP's. I'll defer that TD's are bilberries :D OP's pic is far too small to make a positive ID IMHO
     
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    is his image any better still trying to get used to posting images :eek:
     
  14. toilet digger

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    could be a small plum of some variety, the leaves definately look of the ''prunus'' genus (i'm sure i can see serrations on the leaves)
     
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    They look like Damsons but they seem a little too bunched compared to what I've picked locally.
     
  16. MJM1

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    Pretty sure these are also sloes, very sour taste, can't find any thorns though.
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    The berries were green a few weeks ago before they turned this colour.
     
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    Yeah, I can see they're sloes now :D
     
  18. crwydryny

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    yep definatly sloes, too many berries to be bilberries, if bilberries had that many berries on a bush I'd never get any work done I'd be to busy eating them lol I LOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEE bilberries (during bilberry season my work day goes something like this, clear a path for 5 minuets, eat some bilberries, clear the path a bit more, eat some more bilberries, think about doing somemore work decide instead to eat even more bilberries and repeat)
     

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