WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: DWARF HUCKLEBERRY (Gaylussacia dumosa)
Low growing shrub in the heath family.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Gaylussacia
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=977
Mammals such as raccoon, gray fox, red fox, skunk, chipmunk, and squirrel feed on the fruit of dwarf huckleberry. Dwarf huckleberry is also eaten by roughed grouse, wild turkey, and quail (source: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/gaydum/all.html)