Dramatic Dayflower

Trich Kruza (Class of 2015) spotted this solo Florida scrub roseling (Callisia ornata) growing at the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA).  Also known as pink spiderwort, this plant is endemic to scrubby habitats in peninsular Florida. This spring-summer annual…

Weeds of Wednesday: Coinvine?

Coinvine (Dalbergia ecastaphyllum) is a very aggressive woody native vine.  Its common name refers to its nickel-sized seed pods.  Each one contains a single seed ... Coinvine grows on the landward edges of mangrove swamps and on sand dunes.  It…

Anole & American Elder

Thanks to Donna Winter (Class of 2016) for the magnificent photos above of a green anole (Anolis carolinensis) foraging in the flowers of American elder (Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis), more commonly called elderberry.  She took these photos at the Toni…

Weeds of Wednesday: Florida Pellitory

Florida pellitory (Parietaria floridana), a cool season annual, now carpets some of the disturbed areas in the mesic hammock at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA).  Florida pellitory long has been present at ORCA but never to this extent. Though…