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: 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…

Weeds of Wednesday: Smooth Rattlebox

On our visit to Cypress Bend Community Preserve on 5-5-2018, we saw smooth rattlebox (Crotalaria pallida var. obovata), pictured above, growing in the ruderal area of the parking lot. Fifteen species of crotalaria are found in Florida, and this widely…

Weeds of Wednesday: Oakleaf fleabane

Tiny, 1/4" daises graced a profusion of oak leaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius) plants at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) when we field-tripped there on March 11, 2018. Also known as southern fleabane, this native annual wildflower -- or, depending…