Weeds of Wednesday: Perils of Puncturevine

At a glance burrnut or Jamaican feverplant (Tribulus cistoides) sure is pretty, but close encounters — by barefeet or by bicycle tires — with the fruits of this plant often do not end well.  Puncturevine, goat’s head, caltrop are other common names for this plant, […]

“April Flowers Bring May Flowers” at SORCA

Just a few steps from the eastern entrance to the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA), you will find tarflower (Bejaria racemosa), shown above, full of pinkish white flowers. Its flowers are held in racemes, clusters of flowers that open from the bottom to the top. […]

Weeds of Wednesday: Dark, dark purple bushbean

Purple bushbean (Macroptilium atropurpeum) sure is pretty with its dark, dark purple flowers. Thank you to George Bollis for the beautiful pictures of this plant taken near Lake Keanan and to Mary Ester Bollis for sending me his photos correctly identified. At a glance, you […]

Weeds of Wednesday: Showy but Poisonous Rattlebox

Showy rattlebox (Crotalaria spectablis) is big and beautiful, often growing to be more than six feet tall. Native to southeast Asia, this woody annual is weedy and poisonous. Rattleweed is another common name. Showy ratttlebox loves disturbance, and the seedlings shown below on the Oslo […]

Weeds of Wednesday: Smooth Rattlebox

On our visit to Cypress Bend Community Preserve on 5-5-2018, we saw smooth rattlebox (Crotalaria pallida var. obovata), pictured above, growing in the ruderal area of the parking lot. Fifteen species of crotalaria are found in Florida, and this widely distributed species is non-native — […]

Weeds (or Wildflowers) of Wednesday: Lyreleaf sage?

Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) was in splendid flower at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) along the mowed edges of the sidewalk trail to the Viewing Platform when we visited on  3-1-2018  and is shown below near the time capsule (under the rock). This plant […]

Weeds of Wednesday: Lovely Lantana ??

In 2012 Don Morris (Class of 2009) took this photo of a zebra longing butterfly that had come to nectar upon the lantana (Strigolantana camara) that I had plucked — to talk about this Evil Invader. That butterfly reminded me that that Nature (and Life) […]

Voracious Variability

Homo sapiens, we all are, but our coloration and shapes are quite different, as can be seen in this photo of the folks who visited Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) on 3/11/2018. On that trip we saw lots of blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella) on […]

Happy Florida Gopher Tortoise Day!

Today, April 10, 2018 is Florida Gopher Tortoise Day! Thanks to the much-missed Diane LaRue (Class of 2014) who shared the photo above of a gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) at Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area on the north side of Oslo Road. The small area of […]

Weeds of Wednesday: Oakleaf fleabane

Tiny, 1/4″ daises graced a profusion of oak leaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius) plants at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) when we field-tripped there on March 11, 2018. Also known as southern fleabane, this native annual wildflower — or, depending on your point of view, […]

Happy National Weed Appreciation Day!

Today, March 28, is National Weed Appreciation Day, but I cannot find a greeting card. Weeds, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder. The weed pictured above pink wood sorrel (Oxalis debilis) that graced the entry to the trails at the north Oslo […]

Happy Halophytes

Halophytes are plants that are adapted to growing in salty conditions, in, for instance, mangrove swamps and salt marshes. Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) includes more than 250 acres of such coastal wetlands. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR), where we visited on 3-1-2018, is […]