Where: In shallow water or wet soil. Found in the deeper, more frequently inundated areas. Identification: Can be very large (8-12’ tall) Best Time of Year: Small purple flowers are always paired together on a stalk with a blooming period of June-Nov. Fun facts: AKA “Fire Flag” Easily propagated by root division Host for Brazilian Skipper caterpillar
Where: Swamps, rivers, hammocks. Generally grows on trees for support (but are not parasitic). Identification: Tall flower spikes tipped with multiple blooms colored red, yellow, green, and blue. Best Time of Year: Multiple blooms in spring, summer, and fall seasons Fun facts: Takes in nutrients and water from the air.
Where: Plants are rooted in water-saturated soils or submersed soils near the water’s edge. During low-water conditions, emersed plants can grow in exposed, damp, sediments. Identification: Swollen nodes where the leaves meet the stems. Leaves are lance-shaped, narrow, willow-like, and alternately attached. Knotweed flowers are small and pinkish or white, and grow in terminal spikes that […]
Where: Epiphyte that grows on forest trees or rocks (often found on live oaks). Can grow in full sunlight or partial shade. Identification: Fronds 25 cm high by 5 cm wide. Leathery yellow/green leaflet. Appears dead during dry periods. Best Time of Year: All Fun facts: Can withstand periods of drought by curling up and rolling inward (exposes less surface area […]
Saw palmetto is a small palm, growing to a maximum height of around 7–10 ft. Its trunk is sprawling, and it grows in clumps or dense thickets in sandy coastal lands or as undergrowth in pine woods or hardwood hammocks. Saw palmetto is a fan palm and the teeth or spines are easily capable of breaking the skin. […]
Slash pines and longleaf pines are both integral elements of Florida’s pine forests. Because its canopy isn’t as thick as other canopy trees, like oaks, lower plants can still absorb sunlight while still being sheltered by the slash pine. Many birds also love to call this tree home, including owls, eagles, and egrets. Pileated woodpeckers […]
Where: In freshwater ponds, rivers, lakes. Identification: With broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves, water hyacinth may rise above the surface of the water as much as 1 meter in height. The leaves are 10–20 cm across, and float above the water surface. They have long, spongy and bulbous stalks. The feathery, freely hanging roots are […]