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Sure sign of summer in Southwest Florida

By Staff | Jul 15, 2020
SCCF Limber caper (Cynophalla flexuosa) flower
SCCF Limber caper fruit

You know it is truly summer when limber caper is blooming. A relative of the more common Jamaica caper, limber caper is the free-spirited, wild child cousin of the family.

With an irregular growth habit that is somewhere between a vine and a shrub, its flowers are stunning, though only if you venture out late in the evening or early morning. Lasting for merely one night, the white fragrant flowers are similar to Jamaica caper – though larger – and are made up of a multitude of long stamens that look like bursting fireworks.

Later this summer, the fruit will develop and break open when ripe, which will reveal bright white seeds surrounded by scarlet red pulp. This striking and odd pod also gives the plants another one of its common names, the false teeth plant.

For the wildlife lovers, limber caper is the larval host plant for Florida white and great Southern white butterflies. In addition, the fruit is eaten by mockingbirds, blue jays and other fruit-eating birds.