Friday, April 26, 2013

An unexpected encounter

I visited my friend JJ's new property somewhere in N/C Florida to check out what he had and ID whatever useful plants might be on the land.

As I walked the driveway... I spotted a rare little shrub:

A pawpaw!

I showed it to JJ and his real estate agent... then we looked around for larger trees or any that might be in bloom. After a bit of searching, JJ spotted a lovely larger specimen with flowers.

Altogether, we found at least 10-15 pawpaw shrubs scattered about on the forest edge. None of them was taller than 2' in height. I sent the pictures to my friend Terri. She congratulated me on the find and identified them as "Asimina pygmaea," the "Dwarf pawpaw."

And... those weren't all we found. Near the back of the property was a large area of pines and palmettos. There, we found an incredible array of small native blueberry plants. I wish I had some pictures. Maybe next time. Until then, here's another pawpaw:

I wonder how many people are surrounded by rare and edible natives... and have no idea? Anyone find something really cool and unexpected on their property? I've love to hear the story.

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At April 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Leon said...

We have 3 on the pasture but they're not very happy and never grow taller than a foot or so. May be they need some shade and something for water retention (it's on the hill). They do have fruit on now though - tiny tiny ones.

At April 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

If they're pygmaea, that may be all you'll get on height. Some of our natives stay really tiny.

Keep an eye on those fruit... you might be able to get seeds and grow more!


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