Spring Flowers & Fruits

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Flowers & fruits sprung forth on our spring field trip to the Brevard Barrier island Sanctuary and Education Center on 3/28/2015 led by Karen Schuster. Marsh beggaticks (Bidens mitis), also known as Spanish needles, burr marigold, and small fruit beggarrticks, was a bright surprise. Not nearly as common as “common beggarticks” (Bidens alba), this marsh-edge wetland plant also hitchhikes itself around.
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White stopper (Eugenia axillaris) was full of fruits …
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White indigo berry (Randia aculeata) and marlberry (Ardisia escalloniodies) posed together…
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The brightest show was put on by coralbean (Erythrina herbacea) shown here in a picture shared by Karen Schuster.
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You can see pictures of its fruits at Archbold Biological Station taken by Bob Montanaro on his website, as well as a picture of common beggarticks.