Ansin Tract Conservation Area – Blackwater

The Ansin Tract Conservation Area, where we enjoyed a group walk on 8/5/2017, is a marvelous mix of habitats including xeric scrub and freshwater wetlands. Following the trail at the kiosk toward the east leads to the beautiful blackwater stream,…

Throwback Thelypteris Thursday: Hottentot or Willdenow’s Fern

Pictured above is hottentot fern (Thelypteris interrupta), a native fern that grows along the mesic (moist) hammock loop trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Its fronds are usually 3 - 4' long and grow from an underground rhizome…

Throwback Thursday: Ferns of ORCA

Florida has been called the "land of flowers". Even more properly could it be called the "land of ferns". John Kunkel Small, 1931, Ferns of Florida In 2000 not long after the Herb Kale Nature Trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation…