Inkberry aka Beachberry
Inkberry is a native plant, growing to 4-feet in coastal strands, with fan-like whitish flowers that are followed by black fruits with a stone containing two seeds. If more than one of the bitter fruits is consumed, it is likely to have a purgative and emetic effect. The roots have been used in home remedies. The dense cluster makes an excellent cover for many birds and small mammals. The introduced species Scaevola taccada and/or Scaevola sericea has larger leaves, white fruits, and grows taller—now considered invasive, as it is supplanting the native form.
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