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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Not native to Florida
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council: Category I designation
This plant is an invasive exotic that is altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.
This species should never be planted (many with this designation are prohibited by law), and generally should be removed whenever possible.
This invasive vine is frequent in disturbed hammocks and thickets throughout much of peninsular Florida, the central panhandle, plus Nassau, Duval and Escambia Counties. Can also be found in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
The large, strongly veined, cordate leaves are distinctive year-round, as are the large hanging namesake fruit when present. In Florida, the plant rarely flowers.