Plant of the Week 28: Oriental Bittersweet

Oriental Bittersweet  (Celastrus orbiculatus) is a woody vine that clings and climbs up anything within reach. Their brightly colored orange fruit can be seen even after other plants have lost their leaves. Oriental Bittersweet can also spread by sprawling underground roots. While the fruits are poisonous to humans, small mammals and birds enjoy them.


Agridoce oriental (Celastrus orbiculatus) é uma trepadeira lenhosa que se agarra e escala qualquer coisa ao seu alcance. Seus frutos de cor laranja brilhante podem ser vistos mesmo depois que outras plantas perderam suas folhas. O agridoce oriental também pode se espalhar por raízes subterrâneas. Embora as frutas sejam venenosas para os humanos, pequenos mamíferos e pássaros gostam delas

Species: Celastrus orbiculatus

HABITAT: This plant lives in forest edges, open woodlands, fields, hedgerows, coastal areas, salt marshes and disturbed lands throughout North America.

IS IT EDIBLE?: All parts of the plant are poisonous

IS IT MEDICINAL?: The roots, stems and leaves are antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, depurative and tonic
 
Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Sources:

Invasiveplants.org

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