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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: LEAFLESS BEAKED ORCHID (Sacoila lanceolata)

a.k.a. LEAFLESS BEAKED LADIESTRESSES

I nearly always *almost* mow this surprise visitor over since it first appeared in 2015.  Luckily the red caught my eye just in the nick of time.

State threatened.

“The plant is deciduous. The leaves are not present at the time of bloom. They appear after flowering and persist from summer to early winter.”

Learn: http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Scarlet_Ladies%27_Tresses.pdf

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2298

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: VIRGINIA CREEPER; WOODBINE (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Deciduous vine in the grape family provides spectacular fall color. can be grown on masonary surfaces without damage but use caution if planted near painted surfaces.

Can be grown as a ground cover but will always attempt to climb anything nearby. Freely self seeds so can be aggressive, but provides great cover and food value for wildlife especially insects and birds.

 

Berries From September 2016:

Larval Host: Moths including several Sphinx moths.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/parthenocissus-quinquefolia

I’ve had Brown Thrashers successfully nest in my vine.

Learn more wildlife value: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_paqu2.pdf

Sap may cause allergic reaction to some.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=parthenocissus+quinquefolia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3742

From 2015: virginiacreepermay2015a

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CATESBY’S LILY; PINE LILY (Lilium catesbaei)

This beauty popped up in my neighbor’s natural area, and was leaning on my fence. Always a nice surprise when they bloom.

Listed as Threatened Plants in the Preservation of Native Flora of Florida Act. Defined as species of plants native to the state that are in rapid decline in the number of plants within the state, but which have not so decreased in such number as to cause them to be endangered.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lilium-catesbaei

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3148

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLADDERPOD; BAGPOD (Sesbania vesicaria)

Member of the pea family. Tall, gangly.

Learn: http://web.archive.org/web/20141011000836/http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fw038

toxic to livestock (source: http://essmextension.tamu.edu/plants/plant/bag-pod-sesbania/)

Larval host: Zarucco Duskywing Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis zarucco) {source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057}

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2379

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: TROPICAL SAGE; BLOOD SAGE (Salvia coccinea)

Attractive to pollinators, including hummingbirds. Freely self seeds, so may be aggressive in the wrong situation.

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/salvia-coccinea

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Salvia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1043

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SMALLFRUIT PRIMROSEWILLOW (Ludwigia microcarpa)

With the small non-descript flowers, it is easily overlooked. Likes it wet. Grows as a ground cover in the pond margins.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/plants/PlantPage.asp?TXCODE=Ludwmicr

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Ludwigia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3235

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: VIRGINIA CREEPER; WOODBINE (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

virginiacreepermay2015aDeciduous vine in the grape family provides spectacular fall color. can be grown on masonary surfaces without damage but use caution if planted near painted surfaces.

Can be grown as a ground cover. Freely self seeds so can be aggressive, but provides great cover and food value for wildlife especially insects and birds.

Larval Host: Moths including several Sphinx moths.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/parthenocissus-quinquefolia

Learn wildlife value: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_paqu2.pdf

Sap may cause allergic reaction to some.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=parthenocissus+quinquefolia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3742

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CORAL HONEYSUCKLE; TRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens)

Well behaved twining vine that will climb a fence, arbor or cover the ground if there is nothing to climb. Better blooms when there is support. Will retain leaves except in colder temperatures.

Attracts: hummingbirds, butterflies; fruits attract birds, great cover for rabbits/reptiles

larval host: Spring Azure Butterfly (Celastrina ladon); Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar (Hypercompe scribonia) and Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) (in range)

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/lonicera-sempervirens

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lonicera

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3861

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/leap-year-in-the-garden.html

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: FETTERBUSH (Lyonia lucida)

A favorite thing about December in Florida is that this is when the fetterbush starts to break out into bud in my garden.
Good for some pollinators; evergreen shrub

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lyonia-lucida

Learn more: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/lyoluc/all.html

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lyonia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3646

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/the-garden-bells-are-ringing/

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CATESBY’S LILY; PINE LILY (Lilium catesbaei)

Threatened-State (FL). Beautiful but difficult to grow.

Learn: http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2011/08/catesbys-pine-lily-lilium-catesbaei.html

MORE photos: by Pine Lily Chapter President Jenny Welch https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.138554952506.113297.75535997506&type=3

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Lilium

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3148

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: RUGEL’S HOARYPEA (Tephrosia rugelii)

Endemic to Florida.

A member of the pea family. Flowers of this species change colors at times appearing white, pink and even a deep red.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/plants/PlantPage.asp?TXCODE=Tephruge

Larval host: possibly for Cloudywing skipper, and some moths

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Tephrosia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1218

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLADDERPOD; BAGPOD (Sesbania vesicaria)

nitrogen-fixing. Parts may be toxic to cattle and goats. Grows very tall5 foot plus and it waves in the breeze.

The plant leaves follow the sun. They face east in the morning and slowly turn as the sun moves to the west in the evening. Fascinating to observe.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fw038

Larval host: Zarucco Duskywing Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis zarucco) {source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057}

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2379

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: PAINTEDLEAF; FIRE-ON-THE-MOUNTAIN (Poinsettia cyathophora)

Christmas all year round with this beauty. Butterflies are attracted and Ive even seen a hummingbird visit. Said to be aggressive, this has not been my experience in my natural garden. There are some, but not an overabundance. I guess due to healthy competition from other Florida natives.

UNBELIEVABLE the amount of wildlife this plant supports: http://butterflies.heuristron.net/plants/poinsettia.html

Learn: www.fnps.org/plants/plant/poinsettia-cyathophora

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=616

Larval Host: Ello Sphinx Moth Caterpillars; Leafrollers Platynota spp.

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: RUGELS HOARYPEA (Tephrosia rugelii)

Endemic.

This is Tephrosia spp., likely rugelii

Tephrosia, a member of the pea family is interesting in that the flowers change colors at times appearing white, pink and even a deep red.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Tephrosia

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1218

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: QUEENSDELIGHT (Stillingia sylvatica)

low growing shrub

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Stilsylv

an ingredient in the Hoxsey herbal tonic used as a cancer treatment: http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/stillingia

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Stillingia+sylvatica

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3664

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BLADDERPOD (Sesbania vesicaria)

Bud depicted. May also be referred to as Bagpod.

Parts may be toxic to cattle and goats. Grows very tall…5 foot plus and it waves in the breeze.

The plant leaves follow the sun. They face east in the morning and slowly turn as the sun moves to the west in the evening. Fascinating to observe.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fw038

Bloom from August 2010:

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Pods from November 2010:

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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: TROPICAL SAGE; BLOOD SAGE (Salvia coccinea)

Despite its small stature, don’t be surprised if a hummingbird stops by for a sip. Self-seeds and can be aggressive.

Mixed reviews on whether it is Edible or not

NOT: http://www.eattheweeds.com/ufos-2/

Learn: http://fnps.org/plants/plant/salvia-coccinea (they say edible)

I’D GO WITH NOT.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Salvia
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WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: RUGEL’S HOARYPEA (Tephrosia rugelii)

Endemic.

This is Tephrosia spp., likely rugelii

When I first saw this diminutive wildflower I thought it was some sort of milkpea. Upon closer inspection of the photo on the computer I saw points at the end of the leaves and determined it to be Tephrosia spp. (the second species of this genus to grace my garden) Tephrosia is interesting in that the flowers change colors at times appearing white, pink and even a deep red.

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Tephrosia
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