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NOAA Photo Library Image - r0008713

Brazilian Pepper bushes are an ornamental from Brazil that looks like Holly. They produce red berries that birds eat. The birds carry their seeds spreading the plant throughout mangrove habitat where the Pepper bush outcompetes the mangroves. The red berries are beautiful but toxic; direct contact with them causes a poison ivy-like rash.

Image ID: r0008713, NOAA's Restoration Center Collection
Location: Florida, Broward County, Indian River Lagoon
Photo Date: October 1996
Credit: NOAA Restoration Center, Mike Devany & Marine Resource Council

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