Cabbage palms & live oaks: Pasture Plants

Rancher Mike Sexton graciously hosted a group of us at Treasure Hammock Ranch on Sunday, 3-3-2019 and showed us around his favorite pasture, where he played as child, in the midst of cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) and live oaks (Quercus…

Laurel wilt & the redbay ambrosia beetles

The devastating damage caused by the deadly combination of laurel wilt and the redbay ambrosia beetle is unmistakable and is shown above in a photo taken in May of 2008 on Highway A1A.  This invasive disease carried by an invasive…

It’s a Bug Eat Bug World Out There – Even in a Gall

A plant gall is an abnormal outgrowth of plant tissue caused by a "gall-maker", which could be an insect, mite, virus, nematode or fungus.  The inter-relationship between plant and gall-maker is complex, very specific, and developed over eons.  The relationship…