Yellow Fall Flowers

Wildlife photographer Bob Montanaro enchanted us with his updated program, The Secret Life of the Florida Scrub-Jay, on 11/10/2018.  He explained that Florida Scrub-Jays require open, sandy areas with scrub oaks from 3 - 6' tall and only 1 or 2 tall…

High & Dry at Cypress Bend Community Preserve

Inches matter! In Florida, a slight change in elevation can bring a dramatic change in plant community.  This phenomenon is evident at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) and was obvious at the Cypress Bend Community Preserve (CBCP) when we…

Partly Parasitic

Piedmont blacksenna (Seymeria pectinata) now grows profusely along the xeric scrub trail at the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) near the entrance on Oslo Road just to the east of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. This trail was bush-hogged…

Darling Daisies for Dry Places

Narrowleaf silkgrass (Pityopsis graminifolia) is wonderful late summer and fall wildflower of dry places with bright yellow daisy-like flowers. Its dime- or nickel-sized flowers grow at the very ends of its flower stalks and are visited by a plethora of…