The bright red berries contain betanin, a pigment that is very similar to that found in beets. The berries definitely stain and have been used as cosmetics such as rouge and lipstick.
Rock Hill Preserve is a Nature Conservancy property.
These rocky outcrops, an unusual geologic feature in Florida, are an indicator of a unique habitat that hosts many rare and endangered plant species such as the Nuttall's Rayless Goldenrod (Bigelowia nuttallii) that is in the foreground.
This property in Washington County is protected by The Nature Conservancy. Because of its fragility, the presrve is not open to the general public.
This panorama of white sand Florida scrub habitat was taken on some private land that is literally surrounded by residential housing, The large bushes are Florida Rosemary (Ceratiola ericoides). Many of the surrounding landowners still make unsuccessful attempts at growing grass lawns!
Roystonea regiaSome consider the Florida Royal Palm to be a separate species from the Cuban Royal Palm, but most experts say there are not enough differences between the two groups to separate them. Ironically a majority of the Royal Palms planted in south Florida landscapes were imported from Cuba since it was easier to transport them by boat than overland from the Florida swamps.
Dewberries usually refer to blackberries that have vines that sprawl across the ground rather than climb.
This gaudily colored caterpillar is feeding on the leaf of a strangler fig (Ficus sp.), its host plant.
Ruellia pedunculata ssp. pinetorum
Sabal etoniaAs its common name denotes, the Scrub Palmetto is restricted to scrub habitats. it is easily distinguishable from other palmettos by its habitat and by its stem being buried in the sand.
Sacoila lanceolata var. lanceolata