Byrsonima lucida

Byrsonima lucida

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Byrsonima lucida, locustberry, is a shrub or small tree that grows up to 15 feet tall. Dime-sized flowers are produced in the Spring; they have spoon-shaped petals which change from white to pink to red as they age. The berry-like fruits ripen to a pinkish brown and hold one seed. Locustberry can be found in pine rocklands of Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys, as well as The West Indies. It requires full sun to light shade and good drainage. After initial planting irrigation, it is drought tolerant. The rare Florida Duskywing butterfly uses locustberry as a larval host and solitary oil-collecting bees use oils produced by glands at the base of the flowers. Fruits provide food for birds in early summer. A Connect to Protect Network Species!