Fall Fruit Walk

Judith Fillipich, Ellie Klebonis, Diane Morgan, Fran Robinson, John Warner, Thomas "Tom" Wilson, and Dotty Workman enjoyed a walk to the Observation Tower at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) on 9/9/2018.  The wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) was full of…

Permit Now Required: Saw Palmetto Berries

Evidence of rampant and illegal saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) berry harvesting is shown above at south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in 2014.  Beginning on July 17, 2018 anyone harvesting saw palmetto berries is required to have a Native Plant Harvesting…

Natural History: The Sweet Smell of Saw Palmetto

Annual saw palmetto flowering and fruiting are significant ecological events that attract hundreds of insect species, and provide food for bird and mammal species. Mary E. Carrington, et. al., Pollination Biology of Saw Palmetto in Southwestern Florida, Palms, Volume 47(2), 2003…