Nancy’s Walk

agave, Pollinator Plants, Wildflower

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Nancy Soucy (Class of 2010) led a wonderful walk at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail for Carolyn Aldhizer, Linda & Sam Chancellor, Ralph Johansen, Ellen Melvin & guest, Phillip & Joan Mercer, Karen Naples, Marylou Rethman & guest, Jean ‘JJ’ Romano, Don & Karen Schuster, Peter Sutherland, Susan Warmer, and me. Flowers & butterflies were abundant.

A tall, rough-leaved white-flowered deciduous plant (Verbesina virginica) that goes by a plethora of common names including crownbeard, frostweed, frost beard, and ice plant full of flowers and pollinators. Nancy below points out crownbeard and another white-flowered plant to Linda Chancellor with Ralph Johansen & Jean ‘JJ’ Romano in the background.
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Intermixed with the crownbeard was snow squarestem (Melanthera nivea), another white-flowered plant that attracts pollinators and has lots of common names including cat tongue (my personal favorite) and salt & pepper. Note the dramatic black anthers …
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This plant sometimes is called a bee & butterfly magnet, as this zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithona), seen only by the last laggards, demonstrates.
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Nancy also pointed out yet another wonderful pollinator plant, tall ironweed (Vernonia gigantea), and extolled its photogenicity …
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Butterflies spotted by Nancy included a common buckeye, many mangrove buckeye, yellow sulphur, gulf fritillary, zebra longwing, and lots of white peacocks …
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A long dock provides a scenic view of the Indian River Lagoon show here with JJ Romano & Susan Warmer in the distance.
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The return to the parking lot is through a tremendous tunnel of mangroves with Don Schuster providing scale …
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Thank you to Nancy for yet another wonderful walk!
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