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…

Peas for Partridges in Florida ?

Pictured above is the seed pod of partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata). The common name reportedly derives from the biological confusion of the early European settlers, who were unfamiliar with quail and thought them to be partridge. Gamebirds and songbirds eat…