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The Beautiful Pawpaw, also known as Pretty False Pawpaw, Royal False Pawpaw, and White Squirrel Banana, is a very rare plant. In Florida, it is found only in Charlotte, Lee, and Orange counties. It is listed as an Endangered species by both the federal government and the state of Florida.
This plant is a low shrub that grows to a height of about 8-
The white fragrant flowers appear in the angle between the leaf and stem. Each flower has from 6-
The leathery oblong leaves, each varying in size from 1-
The fleshy green fruit is about 3 inches long and resembles a lumpy bean pod. This fruit contains dark brown seeds that are about 0.5 inches long.
The photos shown on this page were taken from two plants found in the Deep Creek area of Charlotte County.
Note: The regulations for Endangered Animals and Endangered Plants are different. The Endangered Plant regulations do not apply to plants located on private property.