Nov. 6, 2021

gopher apple, Licania michauxii

Gopher apple is a small shrub, mostly only a couple feet tall. Spreading by roots, in can cover a large area of rocky flatlands. Quite a sight when in bloom! The thumb-size fruit is edible but tasteless. They are gopher apples because they're a favorite food of gopher tortoises. Gopher apples grow in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, and SC. Wakulla Co FL, 7/8/18. Coco plum family, Chrysobalanaceae.