Weeds of Wednesday: Species Matter!

Shown above is shoebutton ardisia (Ardisia elliptica), which despite ongoing efforts by volunteers and invasive plant control professionals, remains problematic at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) and elsewhere. ┬áThis Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council Category #1 invasive pest plant…

Throwback Thursday: Marlberry Hurricane Resilance Poster Child

After Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004, the first plant to flourish was marlberry (Ardisia escallonoides). And, marlberry is flowering, as seen above full of buds, in the wake of Hurricane Irma on 10-8-2017. Dr. Frank Craighead noted the same…

Spring Flowers & Fruits

Flowers & fruits sprung forth on our spring field trip to the Brevard Barrier island Sanctuary and Education Center on 3/28/2015 led by Karen Schuster. Marsh beggaticks (Bidens mitis), also known as Spanish needles, burr marigold, and small fruit beggarrticks,…

Myrsine is green!

Sherry Shipley (Class of Fall 1998) coined the adage, Myrsine is green, as a mnemonic for differentiating marlberry (Ardisia escallonioides) from myrsine (Myrsine cubans). Both of these plant belong to the same plant family, Myrsinaceae (myrsine). Myrsine is pictured above…