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,…

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

This honeybee (Apis mellifera) is attracted to the pale pink flowers of beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), and its corbicula (pollen basket) is laden with yellow pollen.  The genus name, Callicarpa, derived from Latin, means beautiful (calli) fruit (carpa). Its magenta berries…