Floral Beauty in Eye of Beholder

Florida privet (Forestiera segregata) is flowering again.  Wild olive is another name for this sturdy native plant often found volunteering along mosquito impoundment dikes and in the midst of ornamental hedges underneath places where birds perch.  Birds seem to love…

Life in the Treetops – sort of

Though participants in the 2018 Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) volunteer nature stewardship class were looking for mosquito larvae in holes of the great Atlantic land crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) and in native tank bromeliads (Tillandsia  sp.), some Lepidoptera -- moths and…

Throwback Thursday: “Another” Wild Olive

Lots of plants in the olive family, Oleaceae, are commonly called "wild olives", which can cause confusion. "Regular" wild olive or Florida privet (Forestiera segregata) is a common plant on mosquito control dikes and in sunny spots at the Oslo…

Florida privet – Pollinator candy

The nectar of the small yellow-green flowers of Florida privet (Forestiera segregata) are quite attractive to pollinators of all sorts. Florida privet flowers in the winter when migratory birds are looking for insects to eat, though flowering time is quite…