Marvelous marsh-mallow

Just a glance at the pale pink flowers of Virginia saltmarsh mallow (Kosteletzyka pentacorpos) tell us that this plant is a member of the hibiscus (or mallow) family, Malvaceae.  The united yellow stamens form a distinctive tubular column. Bees, butterflies,…

Halophyte #3: Seaside heliotrope

Seaside heliotrope (Helitropium curassavicum), a.k.a. salt heliotrope, is a halophyte (plant of salty spaces) in Florida, but this wide-ranging plant inhabits moist places throughout the U.S. to central Canada to Argentina.  It sometimes can be invasive in Africa, Asia, Australia,…