Bay-Leaved Caper - Capparis flexuosa
Growing near the coast on hammocks and shell middens in southern Florida, this often shrubby caper may reach tree-size at more than 25 feet. It has an extensive range from the West Indies to South America. The leaves are variable in shape, from narrow to elliptic, with a blunt or notched tip. The lower surface is smooth. The fragrant flowers open late in summer and are composed of four white half-inch petals, shorter sepals, and multiple stamens; they open late in the day. The fruits are irregularly shaped and mature to a brown pod, constricted between the seeds.