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Red Lichen

Red Lichen

Lichens are actually made up of a fungus and an algae growing together in a mutually beneficial relationship. The fungus gets water and minerals from the air and the material it is growing upon. It also provides structure and protection for the algae. The algae...
Decomposing Mushrooms

Decomposing Mushrooms

A mushroom, or toadstool, is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Here’s a patch of decomposing mushrooms by the Alafia River. Source: Wikipedia Location: Alderman’s Ford Nature...
Railroad Vine

Railroad Vine

To call the unique railroad vine a fast growing ground cover is almost an understatement. Like a turbo-charged express train, it makes tracks so rapidly you can almost watch it grow. The other common name is Beach Morning Glory. This Florida native plant is in the...
Trinette Arboricola

Trinette Arboricola

Trinette Arboricola is one of the most-used landscaping plants in South Florida — easy to propagate, easy to grow, indifferent to many challenging circumstances, and growing happily in light conditions ranging from shade to sun. It serves as foundation...
Cherie Hibiscus

Cherie Hibiscus

The tropical hibiscus ‘Cherie’ offers sherbet orange flowers with deep rosy pink centers. Each ruffled golden orange petal transitions to rosy pink and then red towards the base. This medium sized tropical hibiscus is vigorous and blooms over an extended...
Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon fern grows like a big shuttlecock from the ascending tips of thick, creeping semiwoody rhizomes. At first the fiddleheads are cinnamon brown and covered with a dense wooly pubescence, but the fronds turn pale green as they unfold and mature. Cinnamon fern is...
Longleaf Pine Cone

Longleaf Pine Cone

The longleaf pine is one of the largest and best-known southern yellow pines. History records indicate that some of the choicest stands of longleaf were set aside by the English Crown for the exclusive use of the British Navy. These trees were ideal for the masts and...
Cypress Vine

Cypress Vine

Cypress-vine is a very attractive twining morning-glory with smooth stems, lacy leaves and scarlet flowers. The flowers are tubular and flare out at the mouth into a five-pointed star. Cypress-vine is an excellent source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds....