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,…

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…

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)…