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American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

Description:

The American Beautyberry provides an important food source for birds, deer, raccoons, opossums, foxes, armadillos, and other small mammals. It was also used by various Native American tribes for medicinal uses. Uses included, but were not limited to, the treatment of malarial fevers, rheumatism, dizziness, stomachaches, and dysentery. Raw berries consumable only in small amounts. Freshly crushed leaves act as a form of insect repellent.

Habitat:

Spotted in a local nature preserve. Found in flatwoods and hammocks.

Notes:

Native to Florida http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/78

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2 Comments

Rolo
Rolo 7 years ago

nice colors

p.young713
p.young713 7 years ago

Great find for this mission, Sarah!! Thanks!!

Largo, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.88, Long: -82.78

Spotted on Oct 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 24, 2011

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