Gopher apple (Licani michauxii) is a native plant found in scrubby areas on the Florida Treasure Coast. This diminutive shrubby plant is easily overlooked by passersby. Its typically ankle-high and l not very showy. However, it is an important food source for our protected gopher tortoise populations. It blossoms May – June and will eventually produce fruit. If you are heading out for a hike through the scrub in a Treasure Coast preserve, look for this understated plant and know its blooms will soon be providing fruit for gopher tortoises.
Gopher apple (Licani michauxii) UF/IFAS EDIS
Gopher Apple UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions
Gopher Apple, Geobalbanus Oblongifolius Synonym: Licania michauxii UF/IFAS EDIS
Wildlife of Florida Fact Sheet: Gopher Tortoise UF/IFAS EDIS