The American Beauty Berry, Callicarpa americana, is a perennial shrub that produces berries that grow like a shis kabob along the stem around each leaf node. These berries are an important food source for many song birds and mammals native to Florida. They can also be consumed by humans and are sometimes made into pies or jams. The leaves of this plant produce a chemical that is a natural repellent to mosquitoes. Cowboys and farmers used to snap off a branch of this plant and place it in their horses harness to ward off mosquito swarms. start a new post.
The longleaf pine ecosystem is a diverse fire climax conifer pine dominate habitat.