Weeds of Wednesday: Tread-Softly

Stinging hairs cover the leaves, stems, flowers, and seed capsules of tread-softly (Cnidoscolus stimulosus).  Also known as finger-rot, the hairs of this native plant contain irritating compounds that cause intense stinging and itching.  A nasty rash of red pustules often…

Radiating & Radiant Red

As we walked from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory Boathouse to to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA)  on 3/30/2019, we saw lots of striking spikes of scarlet flowers radiating up from within the vegetation along the road.  The coralbean…