Weeds of Wednesday: Once There Was One in Every Yard

Queensland umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla), once upon a time, seemed to be planted in every new local Florida landscape for the exotic, tropical appearance of its large, shiny palmately compound leaves. Most frequently, this easy-to-grow tree that reaches more 25'+…

Ken Gonyo gets Proclamation!

Ken Gonyo (Class of 2012) poses with the Indian River County Board of Commissioners after receiving a proclamation - on behalf of the volunteers trained by the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and the Pelican Island Audubon Society - in support…

“New” Noxious Weed

Coralberry (Ardisia crenata) officially has been added to the Florida Noxious Weed List, which prohibits its cultivation and sale. Like many invasive pest plants, this "beauty" was cultivated and sold by the Florida nursery industry, a $1.9 billion industry in…