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Licania michauxii (Gopher-apple)
Cressler, Alan

Licania michauxii

Licania michauxii Prance

Gopher-apple, Ground-oak

Chrysobalanaceae (Cocoa-plum Family)

Synonym(s): Chrysobalanus incanus, Chrysobalanus oblongifolius, Chrysobalanus pallidus, Chrysobalanus retusus, Geobalanus oblongifolius, Geobalanus pallidus

USDA Symbol: LIMI5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Nearly always less than 1 foot in height -- typically 3 to 9 inches. At least one population of plants in Florida is somewhat arborescent with some plants reaching about 5 feet.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Depending on location and conditions, may flower anytime throughout the year, but most flowering in during spring and summer.


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , SC

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Native ground cover to replace grass in Florida.
February 04, 2008
Where can I find a list of ground covers to replace my grass. I live in the south of Ocala Florida.
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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Licania michauxii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Licania michauxii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Licania michauxii


Record Modified: 2023-03-20
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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