“Spice” Tree?

Pepperbark, toothache tree, tickle tongue, and prickly ash are among the many common names given to the deciduous temperate tree also called Hercules-club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis). ┬áThis native tree was planted at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in 2001 as…

Florida Citrus?

The citrus family, Rutaceae, includes more than 1,500 mostly aromatic plants in 150 genera. The fruits of commerce -- grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and like -- are in the genus Citrus, are primarily of Asian origin, and are greatly plagued by…

Marvelous Maritime Hammock: Treasure Shores Park #1

Nancy Soucy (Class of 2010), Cindy Hersh (Class of 2016), Lani York (Class of 2016), and Trish Kruza (Class of 2015) grace the elevated restrooms at Treasure Shores Park on Saturday, June 3. This beach park has plenty of parking,…

Signs of the End of Summer at PINWR

On our visit to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR) on 8-28-2016, we saw some floral signs of the end of summer ... Chalky bluestem (Andropogon glomeratus), pictured above with a cabbage palm (Sabal palmetto) in the background, was beginning…