Throwback Thursday: Blueberry or Huckleberry

Unripe fruit graced the dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia dumosa) when we visited Cypress Bend Community Preserve on May 5, 2018.  The Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) is home to shiny blueberry (Vaccinium myrsinities) but not huckleberry. What is the difference between…

Florida Citrus?

The citrus family, Rutaceae, includes more than 1,500 mostly aromatic plants in 150 genera. The fruits of commerce -- grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and like -- are in the genus Citrus, are primarily of Asian origin, and are greatly plagued by…

Robber Fly: Check out those Eyes

This robber fly was perched on a tough bully (Sideroxylon tenax) at Treasure Shores Park when we visited there on June 3, 2017.  Robber flies belong to the family Asilidae.  Florida has more than 100 species, and nearly 1,000 species are found…

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…