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…

Merry Christmasberry!

Christmasberry (Lycium carolinianum) is so named for its lustrous red berries that mostly appear in the early winter months. Hurricane Irma seems to have stimulated significant flowering/fruiting this year at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Carolina desert-thorn is another…

Marvelous Mat of Sea Purslane

On the 11/28/2015 walk at the (Indian River) Lagoon Greenway led by Ken Gonyo, interest abounded in the marvelous mat of sea purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum). This native plant is related to "commercial" species of purslane with larger, showier flowers that are…