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Botanical Spotlight: Cherries

Written by Shawn McCourt, Ph.D., Plant Records KeeperFigure 1. Blooming flatwoods plum (P. umbellata) draped in Spanish moss on the perimeter of MSBG’s downtown campus (Photo by Sandra Robinson)Figure 2. Chickasaw plum (P. angustifolia) in bloom along Mound Ave. at...

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Botanical Spotlight: Pink Trumpet Tree

Flowers of the pink trumpet tree at Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus (Photo by Bruce K. Holst)Written by Shawn McCourt, Ph.D., Plant Records Keeper Just beside the path south of the Children’s Rainforest Garden at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ downtown campus...

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Botanical Spotlight: Aloe marlothii

Photo by Dave VitoloPhoto by Dave VitoloAloe marlothii (Mountain Aloe) is a beautiful succulent that displays grayish-green leaves all year long. During the winter months, it is in full bloom and at the downtown campus of Selby Gardens, visitors can find this...

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Botanical Spotlight: Aboriginal Prickly Apple Cactus

 Written by Shawn McCourt, Ph.D.Plant Records Keeper Just a stone’s throw from some of the most popular beach destinations in the country, and mostly overlooked by the more than 2.5 million tourists who visit southwest Florida each year, a tall, slender, succulent...

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Botanical Spotlight: Cattleya percivaliana

Cattleya percivaliana blooming in Wedding Oak at downtown campus (Photo by Aaron Fink) Blooming now in the “Wedding Oak” just west of the Payne Mansion at Selby’s downtown campus is a beautiful lavender-colored orchid with large flowers that is often underlooked by...

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What’s in Bloom – Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea are familiar to us as common thorny shrubs, vines, or trees bearing colorful papery “flowers” which are in fact modified leaves or bracts enclosing three simple waxy true flowers that are normally white or off-white in color.  They are members of the...

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Wild Coffee, a Florida Native Spring Beauty

Wild Coffee, a Florida Native Spring Beauty

Spring is sprung and with it, an iconic plant of the Florida landscape is bursting with flowers. Wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) is one of the most widely cultivated of Florida’s native plants. Tolerance of both shade and our relatively poor native soil make it a...

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Selby Gardens’ Botany Volunteers Work from Home

Selby Gardens’ Botany Volunteers Work from Home

It is a win/win situation to have our Botany Department volunteers being able to continue their valuable work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are helping with a multi-institutional project funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, known as...

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