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Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant NUTTALLS THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)

can get quite tall (4-5 ft. or more) spiny (OUCH) plant that is of great benefit to wildlife, providing for numerous insects.

Larval host: Little Metalmark Butterfly; Ive seen other notations that Cirsium spp. may be a host for the Painted lady Butterfly as well.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/plants/PlantPage.asp?TXCODE=Cirsnutt

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Cirsium

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1018

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/the-biodiversity-of-a-single-native-plant/

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Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant MUSCADINE {GRAPE} (Vitis rotundifolia)

Vitis rotundifolia

Quick growing deciduous vine that will cover a fence (and anything else in its path). It is very aggressive, but provides for wildlife in the form of food and EXCELLENT cover, so worth the effort to keep it in check. Can be used to make wreaths. Dioecious so you’ll need both male and female plants to produce fruit.

Berries contain several seeds so while tasty, they do require some effort (see how far you can spit the seeds). Better for use in jelly or wine.

Learn: http://www.fgga.org/growing-muscadine-grapes-in-florida/

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Vitis+rotundifolia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2804

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140726015444/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-good-in-grapevines.html

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Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)

Pretty aromatic tree. Watch the thorns! Provides cover for fauna, fruits eaten by wildlife.

Larval host: Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) and Schaus’ Swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) (in range)

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/zanthoxylum-fagara

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Zanthoxylum+fagara

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2804

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Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant : AMERICAN SYCAMORE; AMERICAN PLANETREE (Platanus occidentalis)

Likes it wet. Loses its leaves in winter. https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/american-sycamore-american-planetree-platanus-occidentalis/

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st484

My take:  http://web.archive.org/web/20110923211558/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/neglected-tree-research.html

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Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant BLACKBERRY (Rubus spp.)

More info, photos:

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/sawtooth-blackberry-pennsylvania-blackberry/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/sawtooth-blackberry-pennsylvania-blackberry-rubus-pensilvanicus/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/blackberry-rubus-spp/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SAWTOOTH BLACKBERRY; PENNSYLVANIA BLACKBERRY (Rubus pensilvanicus)

SAWTOOTH BLACKBERRY; PENNSYLVANIA BLACKBERRY (Rubus pensilvanicus)

CAREFUL! Thorns! Pollinators and other Insects are drawn to the flowers, juicy berries are a favorite among birds, reptiles, insects and mammals, including me. Rabbits browse leaves as do some insects. Excellent cover.

Synonym: Rubus argutus

Learn: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/4h/plants/Blackberry/index.html

Learn more: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag238

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Rubus

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2256

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Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant  PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

Seed pods. Wait for them to turn brown before collecting.

Seed pods. Wait for them to turn brown before collecting.

More info, photos:  https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata-4/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata-3/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata-2/

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/partridge-pea-chamaecrista-fasciculata/

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NOTE:  The initial posting misidentified this plant as RED BAY (Persea borbonia)

Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant SWAMP BAY (Persea palustris)

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Larval host: Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio palamedes), Spicebush Swallowtail (P. troilus) and Schaus Swallowtail (P. aristodemus) also host to Redbay Psyllid (Trioza magnoliae)

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/persea-palustris

Where does it grow in Florida?:  http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2064

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=persea+palustris

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