Anole & American Elder

Thanks to Donna Winter (Class of 2016) for the magnificent photos above of a green anole (Anolis carolinensis) foraging in the flowers of American elder (Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis), more commonly called elderberry.  She took these photos at the Toni…

Berries for Christmas

Christmasberry, Carolina wolfberry, Carolina desert-thorn, and creeping wolfberry are among the many common names given to this red-berried plant of coastal places.  A member of the member of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, Christmasberry (Lycium carolinianum), as we will call it,…

A Real Florida Holly

Because it has copious red berries at Christmas time, Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia) sometimes is called Florida holly mistakenly.  Florida is home to 15 native hollies, not all of which have red berries. Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine) – like Brazilian…