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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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LONG KEY LOCUSTBERRY
Threatened Florida species
A rare shrub or small tree of rocky pinelands and hammocks of Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. The range extends through the West Indies, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Typically not taller than 3.6 meters (~ 12 ft.), locustberry has opposite, entire, spatulate and glossy leaves. Narrow towards the base, the leaves average 1.5-3 cm (5/8 to 1-1/4 in.) long and 0.8-1.5 cm (3/8 to 5/8 in.) wide. The distinctive flowers are 1.25 cm (1/2 in.) across in showy clusters. The somewaht spoon-shaped petals change from white to pink as the flowers age. The globose fruits are 0.8 cm (3/8 in.) in diameter, initially green, and turning a dull brown when mature.
Byrsonima lucida is a larval host plant for the Florida duskywing butterfly (Ephyriades brunneus).