Weeds of Wednesday: A New Name for Guineagrass

Guineagrass is shown above growing near the bike rack at the northwest "main" entrance to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). For awhile the politically correct name for this grass was giant panicum. Not anymore, though, since the botanical name…

Weeds of Wednesday: Invasive Plants Intact after Irma

Wish that I could say that Hurricane Irma damaged the invasive pest plants at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) significantly. Yes, some Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia) is scorched by salt and wind as are exposed oaks and even mangroves. Many…

Wednesday Weeds: Delectable but Dangerous

They are not ripe yet, but they soon will be. Strawberry guava (Psidium cattlelianum) fruits supposedly taste somewhat like strawberries. Another common name, Cattley guava, honors 19th Century English horticulturalist William Cattley, as does the species name, cattleianum. The genus name, Psidium, means…

Throwback Thursday: At Captain Forester Preserve

March 28, 2008 is when the photo above was taken. Sorely missed from this world are Maggy Taylor (Class of 2004) seated at the left and Joel Day (Class of 2005) standing toward the front. How swiftly comes change! Note…