Marvelous Males

Male flowers of saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia) lack the sensational white silkiness of female flowers. Both male and female flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinating insects, including butterflies (like the mangrove buckeye pictured below) and bees (look closely) ...

Boo … Another Invasive Plant …

  Beach naupaka (Scaevola taccada), an invasive pest plant, was discovered growing on the edge of a mosquito control dike at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.  Its large, somewhat waxy leaves are yellow-green.  Fast-growing, this one plant was more than six…