Weeds of Wednesday: Paintedleaf

Paintedleaf, fire-on-the-mountain, painted spurge, and wild poinsettia are among the common named given to the native, but weedy, spurge now ascribed the botanical name Euphorbia cyanthophora. Spurges belong to the family Euphorbiaceae, a very large and diverse plant family with…

Weeds of Wednesday: Florida Pellitory

Florida pellitory (Parietaria floridana), a cool season annual, now carpets some of the disturbed areas in the mesic hammock at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA).  Florida pellitory long has been present at ORCA but never to this extent. Though…

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…