I just visited South Florida and saw a shrub that I believe is native there
that I would appreciate help identifying.
It is shrubby with dark green leaves about 1.5" long. They are similar to
kumquat leaves but are quite stiff and have a very sharp needle point on the
end. The fruit is a smooth orange thick-walled capsule again about the size of
a "Meiwa" kumquat. The interior has a dark orange pulp suspended from the top.
The surface of the pulp is covered with several 1/4" dark brown flat seeds.
I didn't see it in bloom so I have no idea what the flowers are like. Any help
will be appreciated.
I also saw an Atala butterfly. It was once considered quite rare. Is it still
or has it recovered? I got a picture of it so I'm pretty sure of the ID.
Dan Sorensen dsorense at psupen.psu.edu