The Miccosukee Gooseberry
The Miccosukee Gooseberry
Photo credit: USACE/John Cichoski

 

The Endangered Plants of Florida

 

 

The Miccosukee Gooseberry
Ribes echinellum

 

Florida, La Florida, as it was named by Spanish explorer

Ponce De Leon, in the early 1500's, means Land of the Flowers.

We certainly do attempt to live up to the name!


The Miccosukee Gooseberry is a Florida Endangered plant.

This deciduous shrub grows as a low shrub bush

reaching from one to three feet.

The delectable fruit are about one half inch,

light green, somewhat sour berries.

It grows best in the shade of deciduous

trees in wet, but well drained acidic soil.

 

It was first found in 1824 on Lake Miccosukee

near Tallahassee, an early home

to the Miccosukee people.

 

The Miccosukee Gooseberry is also found in

South Carolina and Georgia.

Miccosukee Gooseberry
The Miccosukee Gooseberry
Ribes echinellum
Photo credit: USACE/John Cichoski

 

There are over 55 Endangered or Threatened plants in Florida,

and they are all conveniently listed here:

Florida's Federally Listed Plant Species

 


Places to learn more:

Florida Native Plant Society

Ecosystems of Florida

 

FWIE

Miccosukee Gooseberry

 

ISB: Atlas of Plants

Miccosukee Gooseberry

 

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The Ocala National Forest Ecosystem

 

US Army Corps of Engineers

Miccosukee Gooseberry

 

USFWS

Miccosukee Gooseberry

 


 

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