Halophyte #1: Samphire, Silverhead

Samphire, silverhead, saltweed, silverweed, and beach carpet are common names for Blutaparon vermiculare, an annual halophyte that sometimes grows on the mosquito control dikes at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA).  At a glance, this low growing fleshy succulent resembles…

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

This honeybee (Apis mellifera) is attracted to the pale pink flowers of beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), and its corbicula (pollen basket) is laden with yellow pollen.  The genus name, Callicarpa, derived from Latin, means beautiful (calli) fruit (carpa). Its magenta berries…

Very Variable Rouge

Rougeplant (Rivina humilis) grows infrequently at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in hammock shade along with wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) as shown above.  This very versatile  perennial native plant also grows on the sun-baked backsides of beach dunes and…