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Capers—Capparis spinosa L.

MV040/HS573 by James M. StephensOctober 29, 2018Capers are unopened flower buds produced on the caperbush. This shrubby perennial plant grows 3–5 feet high, with numerous branches, bearing a pair of hooked spines at the base of each leaf stalk. Leaves are alternate, round to ovate, thick, and glistening. Flowers are about 2 inches in diameter, white with numerous violet stamens, and very pleasing in appearance. Seeds are large, kidney shaped, and gray-brown in color. There is also a variety without spines, from which the crop is gathered more easily and without injury to the hands.

Capparis cynophallophora Jamaican Caper

FP104/FPS104 by Edward F. Gilman, Ryan W. Klein, and Gail HansenMarch 8, 2023A UF/IFAS numbered Organism ID.

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