Partridge, Quail or Bee Pea?

Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) is full of flowers along Oslo Road, at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, at Treasure Shores Park (where the pictures above was taken), and throughout Indian River County mostly in sunny, dry places. ¬†Supposedly, European explorers…

“April Flowers Bring May Flowers” at SORCA

Just a few steps from the eastern entrance to the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA), you will find tarflower (Bejaria¬†racemosa), shown above, full of pinkish white flowers. Its flowers are held in racemes, clusters of flowers that open from…

Weeds of Wednesday: Bees & Butterflies Love Beggarticks

At the entrance to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, now flourishes a big "bush" of beggarticks (Bidens alba). Yes, this plant is weedy and hitchhikes its way around via its 2-toothed seeds that give rise to its species name, Bidens:¬†…

Windy pea

At Cypress Bend Community Preserve on 4-10-2016, Donna Winter (Class of 2016) pointed out this distinctively shaped partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata). Like many native plants, this species is very variable in form. This partridge pea, growing in the white sand…