Finding Native “Apples” in Florida
The Story of a Field Trip Leader who Just Wouldn’t Give Up
|The fuzzy fungus on the endangered |
Fragrant Prickly Apple Cactus (Harrisia fragrans)
Success!Eventually, Sonya added another feather to her cap and became a tour volunteer and plant ID guide at CNS. Naturally, her enthusiasm for finding Harrisia fragrans, carried over to the other volunteers who then enlisted the help of a CNS Park Service boat with Captain Walt at the helm. The exploratory group of CNS volunteers, fellow Pawpaw members Dot Backes and Sonya, and MDC’s kayak specialist, Warren Reynolds set off in early April. Success! Not only did they find lots of cool treasures, but they found the Prickly Apple, Gumbo Limbo (Bursera simaruba), and strangler fig. Sonya’s determination paid off.
Now she wanted to share her findings with her Pawpaw Chapter folks and friends. An outing to Canaveral National Seashore became our June field trip in 2015.
|Fruit of the Fragrant Prickly Apple Cactus (Harrisia fragrans)|
|The fruit of the Fragrant Prickly Apple Cactus (Harrisia fragrans)|