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Balsam Apple (Momordica balsamina)  Angiospermae,Balsam apple,Cucurbitaceae,Cucurbitales,Florida,Flowering Plant,Geotagged,Hilochee WMA Osprey Unit,Lakeland,Momordica,Momordica balsamina,Nature,Plant,Polk County,Summer,United States,United States of America Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. That's an interesting find, Wikipedia does not list them as occurring in North America, yet eol.org does:
    http://eol.org/pages/584305/maps

    One of the two places where it is found, seems to be where you found it too :)
    Posted 3 months ago

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''Momordica balsamina'' is a tendril-bearing annual vine native to the tropical regions of Africa, introduced and invasive in Asia, Australia, and Central America. It has pale yellow, deeply veined flowers and round, somewhat warty, bright orange fruits, or "apples". When ripe, the fruits burst apart, revealing numerous seeds covered with a brilliant scarlet, extremely sticky coating. The balsam apple was introduced into Europe by 1568 and was used medicinally to treat wounds. In 1810, Thomas Jefferson.. more

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Species identified by Joe Spandrusyszyn
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By Joe Spandrusyszyn

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Uploaded Sep 8, 2018. Captured Sep 8, 2018 11:50 in FL-400, Haines City, FL 33844, USA.
  • ILCE-6300
  • f/5.6
  • 1/640s
  • ISO1000
  • 165mm