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Mitchella repens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Morindeae[1]
Genus: Mitchella

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Mitchella is a small genus from the family Rubiaceae, native to the Americas and eastern Asia.

The genus Mitchella L., was named by Carl Linnaeus after his friend John Mitchell (1711–1768), an English physician who lived in America and gave Linnaeus much valuable information on American flora.

It consists of a few glabrous or puberulous, creeping, rhizomatous herbs with white axillary flowers with funnel-shaped corolla. They prefer mildly acidic soils, growing in woods near pines or hemlock or mossy hummocks.

The fruits of Mitchella repens, known as partridge berries, are eaten in some places. In Newfoundland, jam is made of a mixture of apples and partridge berries.

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  1. ^ "Genus Mitchella". Taxonomy. UniProt. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 

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