Can anyone tell me what this is? It was spotted on the coast in Sydney, Australia. The plant with the little berries is what I'm hoping to identify.

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  • Give me a time lapse over the course of a year and I can tell you for sure! – Rob Aug 9 at 20:31
  • I'll try to remember to go back to the spot where I got this photo and get another one, but I'm pretty bad at remembering these kinds of things. I will try though. – tdrsam Aug 12 at 23:39

Difficult one - I'm not able to see any foliage that looks like it belongs to the berries, and the berries themselves are old and dried out because they're probably from much earlier this year. I think where you are it's late autumn, so until new leaves appear, it's difficult to be sure, but these might be the berried spikes from one of the Arums such as Arum maculatum or italicum which would have appeared around three to four months ago. The foliage appears in late spring, and then dies down by midsummer, so that wouldn't be visible at all right now. The only way to be sure is to wait until more foliage appears when it is spring - A.maculatum has spots on its leaves, A. italicum does not, otherwise, they are similar. Info here https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/1660/Arum-maculatum/Details

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    Hmm. Leaves are peltate, not sagitate like Arum. Also the berries: they have a stem (so not Arum), they look empty (so derived from petals or sepals (also not Arum like). – Giacomo Catenazzi May 11 at 19:02
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    GiacomoCatenazzi Whilst there are peltate leaves visible, who's to say they're associated with the berry spikes... I'm assuming they're not... arum leaves would not be visible in the southern hemisphere currently. But its just a guess anyway, given the time of year there – Bamboo May 11 at 20:52

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