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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Brambles

Two known brambles in Florida are the Southern Dewberry and Blackberry

The Southern Dewberry has a beautiful pink shaded flower and is more of a ground vine.

Southern Dewberry | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Dewberry | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden @ Chassahowitzka WMA
Southern Dewberry | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Dewberry | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden @ Chassahowitzka WMA

The wild blackberries have smaller greener leaves, flowers petals are shaped differently and the plant itself is bushier.

Wild Blackberry | March 8 | Alice Mary Herden
Wild Blackberry | March 8 | Alice Mary Herden @ Chinsegut WEA

Brambles are prickly shrubs, and a favorite food source for wildlife like bears, deer, and birds. Beware, snakes are known to seek shelter amongst the thickets.

If you hang out around the blooms it can be a great opportunity to photograph a wide variety of insects.


Links:

http://www.floridaorienteering.org/nature/blackberries.htm

 

Fourleaf Vetch

First time I have seen this flowering vine, the Fourleaf Vetch. This is a native plant and grows in and around moist areas.

Fourleaf Vetch 2
Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Not a heat-loving type of plant, however, provides nectar for a variety of bees and butterflies during the cooler months in Florida.

Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Links:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/plant.aspx?id=2647

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/fourleaf-vetch-vicia-spp-likely-acutifolia/

http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/fourleaf.vetch.html#.XH5a0vZFx9A