WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: LAUREL OAK (Quercus spp. likely laurifolia)
There are dozens of native oaks in Florida. This particular oak was planted by a bird and has grown quickly and with a beautiful pyramid shape. It loses it leaves slowly in January as the new leaves appear so the tree is never completely bare. The portion hanging down is a catkin and it the male flower of the tree.
Learn about Florida Native Trees: http://flame.fl-dof.com/apps/trees.php
Native American Ethnobotany: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=quercus+laurifolia