Date Posted: Dec 02, 2016
Also known as ghost plant, indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora) is an odd and interesting wildflower as it contains no chlorophyll. It begins its life as a white, translucent plant, turning pinkish and developing blackish-purple flecks as it matures (pictured right).
It is often mistaken for a fungus because of its growth habit and lack of color, but it is actually a myco-heterotrophic species, which means it gets its food by parasitizing underground fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees.
Even more interesting is that indianpipe is in the Ericaceae family -- the same family as blueberries and azaleas!
Learn more about this otherworldly herb on our blog.
Photo by David Nolan.
Date Posted: Nov 23, 2016
You can double, triple and even quadruple your donation to the Florida Wildflower Foundation this holiday season by taking advantage of two challenge pledges and a Giving Tuesday Facebook offer.
Thanks to a $9,000 challenge pledge to match donations dollar-for-dollar through year's end, you can double down on your support of Florida's wildflowers and wild places by making a contribution to the Foundation by Dec. 31.
Executive Director Lisa Roberts is kicking off the giving drive on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a pledge to match all donations made, up to $500. That means those giving on Giving Tuesday will triple their impact by taking advantage of the two matching offers. And those who give early on #GivingTuesday on Facebook via the Foundation's donation button can quadruple their impact by taking advantage of Facebook's pledge of matching up to $100,000 that day in nonprofit donations.
Date Posted: Nov 25, 2016
Fragrant ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes odorata) is a semi-aquatic to aquatic perennial orchid. The genus Spiranthes comes from the Greek speira or “coil” and anthos or “flower.” It refers to the spiral arrangement of the inflorescence. The species epithet odorata comes from the Latin for “fragrant” or “perfumed” and refers to its delightful vanilla-like scent.
Fragrant ladies'-tresses can be found blooming now in swamps, wet pinelands and seepage slopes. Learn more about this lovely little orchid on our blog.
Photo by Mary Keim
Date Posted: Nov 18, 2016
Also known as bushy aster, rice button aster is a perennial herbaceous wildflower. And like other Symphyotrichum species, it is a profuse bloomer. Its flowers are small but they attract a plethora of pollinators including butterflies and native bees. It is the larval host plant for the pearl crescent butterfly.
Rice button aster occurs naturally in sandhills, pine flatwoods and hammocks. It blooms primarily in September through December, although it has been known to bloom throughout the year.
Learn more about this attractive member of the Aster family on our blog.
Photo by Mary Keim
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