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Natal Plum

Carissa macrocarpa

Description:

Simple white hedge flowers with sharp thorns/spines, waxy leaves, and red or pinkish ovalish fruit that you can eat (make sure it’s fully ripe first!). This is a beautiful evergreen plant originally from S. Africa. They bloom throughout fall, but really shine during the spring. They are a relative of a poisonous plant and it’s leaves and stems should never be eaten.

Habitat:

These were grown as decoration and served as a little shelter for other creatures like big red ants (I don’t know exactly what type of ant it is), night-flying insects, small beetles, and other little creatures.

Notes:

I think these are the ones you put in your hair if you’re a tourist in Hawaii.

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5 Comments

You are welcome... It does look like Jasmine also but it does not have thorns either...Glad SukanyaDatta gave you an ID. : )

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

You are welcome...happy spotting.

hannahd123
hannahd123 a year ago

Thank you Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman for the suggestion, you are right, the plumeria does look like it, and that’s really cool. Thank you again!

hannahd123
hannahd123 a year ago

Thank you SukanyaDatta!

Plumeria does not have thorns...But the do look like them.....

hannahd123
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hannahd123

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Sep 22, 2018
Submitted on Feb 26, 2019

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