Weeds of Wednesday: Common dayflower

Terry Greene (Class of 2019) asked about this tiny blue-flowered plant that we saw at Treasure Shores Park growing amid beach dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis).  It is a dayflower, most likely common dayflower (Commelina communis).  Each flower lasts only a…

Weeds of Wednesday: Wild bush bean re-visited

Wild bushbean (Macroptilium lathyroides) is a pretty, but invasive, member of the pea family, Fabaceae.  Also called phasey bean, this weedy plant of disturbed areas has been designated a Category #2 invasive exotic pest plant by the Florida Exotic Pest…

Weeds of Wednesday: A Tale of 3 Solanums

Invasive exotic pest plants plague natural areas, ornamental landscapes, agricultural operations, and pastures.  Pictured above is tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum), which we saw when we visited Treasure Hammock Ranch on 3-3-2019.  This heavily armed & sun-loving weed of pastures…