Common Name Confusion

Common names work great for birds.  Not so much for plants. Recently, the native epiphytic native fern Phlebodium aureum, which usually growing in the "boots" (old leafstems) of cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto), was labeled to be rabbit foot fern (Davalia fejeensis) in signage…

Endearing Epiphytes at Cypress Bend

Cooler "fall" temperatures finally arrived for a 10-27-2018 group walk at the Cypress Bend Community Preserve (CBCP), a 47.25 acre property owned by Indian River County on the beautiful banks of the St. Sebastian River.  Nearly all (43 acres) of…

Cabbage palm cohort

Cabbage palm fern (Phelbodium aureum) usually is found growing epiphytically on cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto), as pictured above at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Its deeply pinnatifid leaf blades can grown to be from 1 to 3 feet long. Sometimes,…

Big Burl

Karen Schuster (Class of 2009), Indian River Photo Club Secretary, sent me marvelous photos from the Dune to Lagoon walk led by Dr. Jay Barnhart at Sebastian Inlet State Park on Saturday, 4/19/2014, including this picture of a gorgeous gall…