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According to the Atlas of Florida Plants there are over 4,700 species of native or naturalized plants in Florida. I've had gardens everywhere I've lived but I've never lived in a sub-tropical climate to experience this variety before.

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Friday, September 3 2021

Lobster Claw Plant

There are numerous species of the Lobster Claw Plant that are native to the tropical regions of Central and South America that can grow well in North America, in areas where the climate conditions are warm and humid such as Florida. They are easy to grow and are low maintenance.

Saturday, July 24 2021

Florida Maple

There's nothing to call Fall Colors in Florida but once in a while I run across a red maple leaf.

Saturday, July 10 2021

Water Lillles

Water Lillies are native to Eastern North America from Florida to Canada. They can be found in still shallow water with mucky bottoms. The water lily flowers open in the morning and remain open until around noon and are a fairly common sight along roadsides with the right water conditions.

Hawaiian Yellow Hibiscus

I'm a huge fan of Hibiscus plants, I believe this one is a Hawaiian Yellow Hibiscus that's right outside my back door.

Tuesday, June 29 2021

Tillandsia

This Tillandsia is the most common air plant I see in the area and think they are remarkable in their simplicity and beauty.

Orchid

This photo was taken in an urban neighborhood tree and I find it simply beautiful. I have no idea if it's a native variety or what its name is. Please let me know if you do.

Air Plant

Tillandsia (Air Plants) are epiphytes, meaning that they attach to other plants or rocky substrates as a means of support. Their roots are used solely for attachment rather than absorbing nutrients or water via roots, air plants rely on the moisture in the atmosphere to grow and thrive. This particular photo shows a rather large one that grows in a tree next to my driveway.

Monday, June 28 2021

Air Plants

Air plants are epiphytes, which basically means they grow on and around trees, but they’re not parasitic. Instead, they take in nutrients via their leaves from the air and occasional rainfall. As is evidenced by this photo, Air Plants can be found in South Florida.

Rye Grass

I believe this is wild Rye Grass but I'm not positive. I do find it attractive which I am positive.

Sunday, June 27 2021

Jacaranda

I hear quite a few Florida transplants say they miss the Fall colors of where they lived previously. I understand but the colorful trees such as this Jacaranda easily make up for that for me.

Interesting White Flower

I have no idea what this flower is but I do know I took it at the Naples Botanic Gardens and find it as interesting now as I did then.

Alligator Flag Flower

The Alligator Flag plant has large simple leaves on long stalks. The leaves can be up to eight inches wide and more than 2 1/2 feet long. Several leaves growing together are sheathed at the base. Alligator Flag Flower's are quite tiny in contract to its large leaves.

Cactus

Pretty much just a depth-of-field experiment

Saturday, June 26 2021

Swamp Lily

Swamp lily is an emersed plant that is frequently found growing in swamps, marshes, and wet hammocks. The swamp lily flower has long, wide, strap-like leaves with flowers are on long stalks. It is a native, fragrant plant that grows in wetlands and along streams throughout the state.

Thursday, June 24 2021

Strangler Fig

The Strangler Fig is considered a "keystone" tree and necessary in the tropical hardwood ecosystem. It begins its life as an epiphyte or "air plant" on the crown of a tree. It grows downward seeking a dependable source for root uptake of nutrients at ground level and develops its own underground root system that eventually completely entwines its roots and trunk around a host tree. The fig's crown grows foliage which soon overshadows the tree. Eventually, the host tree is "strangled" and dies, leaving the fig with a hollow trunk where the host used to be. The fig then takes advantage of the nutrients produced by the rotting host. The hollow trunk, with an abundance of nooks and crannies, provides home to thousands of invertebrates, rodents, bats, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

Fern Growing from a Tree

I always enjoy seeing a plant growing where it's not expected as with this fern that's taken root on the bark of a tree.

American Beautyberry

The American Beautyberry produces very showy berries that attract wildlife that graze upon this deciduous shrub in the Fall when the purple berries are mature.

Monday, June 21 2021

Swamp Hibiscus

Most people think of a swamp as a bug infested quagmire and a place to avoid. Seeing a dozen or two Swamp Hibiscus growing naturally should be sufficient to get these folks to change that vision.

Friday, June 18 2021

Red Powderpuff

Red Powderpuff is very large, stunning and the flowers, adorable. It has buds that look just like little berry clusters that burst open into fuzzy puffball blossoms.

Dixie Iris

The Dixie Iris is a rare plant found in a range of South Carolina to Florida and Louisiana growing in wet, shallow, sunny areas such as marshes, ditches, swamps, and streams or riversides of the coastal areas.

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