Saskatoons and junipers

When it comes to berry-picking around Kimberley, huckleberries are far and away the most popular fruit to harvest even though the Saskatoon bush is one of the most common shrubs in the area. The Nature Park is full of Saskatoon bushes, but it is fairly rare to find one laden with great fruit for picking. There`s a reason for that. Gymnosporangium bristles protruding from ripening Saskatoon berries. If you have ever had a close look at some of the berries on our Saskatoon bushes, you may have noticed some rather icky-looking bristles poking out of many of them. In addition to being an instant turn-off to berry pickers, the little bristles are the spore-producing bodies of the Gymnosporangium

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