It’s a Bug Eat Bug World Out There – Even in a Gall

A plant gall is an abnormal outgrowth of plant tissue caused by a "gall-maker", which could be an insect, mite, virus, nematode or fungus.  The inter-relationship between plant and gall-maker is complex, very specific, and developed over eons.  The relationship…

False indigo — ORCA & Cypress Bend Community Preserve

False indigo, bastard indigo, bastard false indigo, and leadplant are among the many common names for Amorpha fruticosa, a plant found in nearly every state -- and throughout Florida -- in moist places.  We saw this plant in flower when…

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…

Weeds of Wednesday: Mock bishopsweed?

  Pictured above is mock bishopsweed (Ptilimnium capillaceum) growing at Cypress Bend Community Preserve when we visited on 5/5/2018.  Herbwilliam is another common name for this plant which was identified by Ellie Klebonis (Class of 2015). The genus name, Ptilimnium, likely…