Identify this plant grown on The Gulf Coast


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That is a widespread plant that grows all over the south. The picture is of a type or variety called Balsam Gourd, Snake Apple, Globe Berry and other names as well. It is more of a nuisance plant than anything else. Its fruit isn't poisonous nor is it edible. When I was a kid we had wars with the hard little fruits.
 
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Greetings, welcome to the Forums.

This is Turk's-cap Mallow (Malviscus arboreus var. drummondii) displaying fleshy, red fruit, which were preceded by red flowers.
This species in the Mallow Family (Malvaceae) is native from South America north to Texas, but is now introduced throughout the southeastern U.S., Caribbean, and various other parts of the world.
 

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