Roystonea regia, Arecaceae Origin: Florida, Mexico, Central America, and the Carribean Royal palms are the tallest palms native to Florida, Read More
Sabal palmetto (Arecaceae) Origin: Gulf Coast and Southern Atlantic States of the U.S, Cuba, Bahamas This month’s featured plant is Read More
Thelypteris kunthii (Thelypteridaceae) Origin: Southeastern United States south to the Caribbean Although this feature is supposed to showcase plants in Read More
Tillandsia utriculata (Bromeliaceae)
Origin: Florida and the Caribbean south to Venezuela
Epiphytes are plants which grow upon other plants, without taking any nourishment from them. Here at Selby Gardens we specialize in the study, conservation, and display of epiphytic plants, and here in Florida, people have daily opportunities to see epiphytes. […]
Ipomoea alba (Convolvulaceae) Origin: New World Tropics Moonvine is an aggressive twining vine with large white flowers that open in Read More
Gossypium hirsutum (Malvaceae) Origin: Florida and the West Indies to Central America Wild cotton is an endangered species in Florida. Read More
Acer rubrum (Sapindaceae) Origin: Eastern United States Found from Eastern Texas to the coastal forests of North Carolina and Nova Read More
Florida is a land of many habitats. Coastal dunes, river banks, dry scrub, wet prairie, and pinelands all vary from each other, and all feature different plants. They also feature some of the same plants. One they all share in common is saw palmetto. Bane to the existence of early explorers and modern botanists alike, it gets its common name from the minutely-toothed petioles, which can really do a number on your shins when hiking through a dense clump of the small palms. Unlike most palms, which feature a vertical trunk and grow to be very tall, saw palmetto forms a trunk which scrambles around on top of the ground, sometimes for many meters. When they do grow vertically, they rarely reach over three or four meters tall.
Fall is one of the best times of year in Florida to see native wildflowers blooming. We have so many different habitats represented in our state, from sandy beaches to wet swamps and everything in between, and wildflowers can be found in all of them. A versatile genus which has species represented in many of these diverse habitats, and can be seen blooming everywhere right now, is Solidago. This wildflower can be found from the beaches to the prairies to recently burned pinelands.
The land mass early European explorers discovered when stepping off ships some five hundred years ago would be frankly, unrecognizable to many Americans living today— perhaps no part of our nation experienced as much ecological loss as the South. The great longleaf pine forests have all but disappeared, lost to logging and development.