Throwback Thursday: Pelican Island NWR 2018

3/11/2018 trip to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR), a special tram tour with PINWR & ORCA volunteers ... Happy Halophytes, the saltmarsh succulents saltwort (Batis maritima) and glasswort (Salicornia sp.) at Joe Michael Overlook ... Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata)…

Berries for Christmas

Christmasberry, Carolina wolfberry, Carolina desert-thorn, and creeping wolfberry are among the many common names given to this red-berried plant of coastal places.  A member of the member of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, Christmasberry (Lycium carolinianum), as we will call it,…

Happy Halophytes

Halophytes are plants that are adapted to growing in salty conditions, in, for instance, mangrove swamps and salt marshes. Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) includes more than 250 acres of such coastal wetlands. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR), where…

Holiday Halophyte

Donna Winter (Class of 2016) sent this photo of gorgeous glasswort (Salicornia sp.) growing amongst sea oxeye daisy (Borrichia frutescens) and white mangrove (Languncularia racemosa) and showing its Christmas color. Like Christmasberry, glasswort is succulent and is a halophyte, a…