Orange Milkwort

The Orange Milkwort grows in wet pine uplands or bog habitats. (Bog: a wetland area of soft, spongy ground consisting of decaying plant matter, peat. source: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/bog/)

 

Orange Milkwort | March 12 | Alice Mary Herden

There are a few variations of this of a flowering plant, but the ones that look similar are the Yellow Milkwort and Candyroot. Candyroot flowers are yellow and blooms are close to the ground.

 

 


Links: https://flawildflowers.org/?s=milkwort

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Swollen Bladderwort

Along Cow Creek Rd. in Goethe State Forest are areas of flowing water that is filled with beautiful spectacles of yellow. The swollen bladderwort, a Florida native plant, is another species in the bladderwort family as well as an aquatic carnivorous plant.

Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Swollen Bladderwort | March 28 | Alice Mary Herden 

Great video about the Swollen Bladderwort, it’s such a neat plant!


What really would be neat if people would contain their trash!Swollen Bladderwort 2.jpg There’s nothing like coming across the beauty of nature and seeing how humans diminish that beauty.


Links:

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2017/09/06/swollen-bladderwort.pdf

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/utricularia-species/

https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/State-Forests/Goethe-State-Forest

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=UTIN

 

Lyreleaf Sage

This is a native wildflower, and with these plants producing a large quanity of seeds they can be found in clusters along the roads. They are also an excellent source for pollinators and photographing butterflies and bees gathering its nectar, just like the Green Sweat Bee in the featured image.

Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
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Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

At Chassahowitzka WMA, in my observation I see will large quanities bordering the road just before going to any wet area. Which is kind of neat having an array of purple/blue flowers guiding the way to the wetland/swampy areas. Instead of following the yellow brick road, you follow the lyreleaf sage!


Links:

http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/florida-wildflowers-lyreleaf-sage/

https://flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-salvia-lyrata/