Plants that can be found growing wild along South Florida’s coastal trails – a guide with pictures, descriptions and general informations. Trees, Shrubs and Wildflowers along the coast. Brazilian Pepper Common Name: Brazilian Pepper Scientific Name: Schinus terebinthifolia Brazilian Pepper is an invasive exotic tree, commonly found on roadsides throughout Florida, is also known as Florida Holly and Christmas Berry. It was originally brought to Florida in the early 1800’s from South America and is native to Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. […]
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Buttonwood, Conocarpus erectus, is found often in association with mangroves that many consider it a mangrove itself. There is some merit to the argument. The United States Department of Agriculture calls it buttonwood mangrove. Others say there are only three mangroves that grow in Florida, and buttonwood isn’t one of them. Buttonwood produces seeds rather than propagules. Buttonwood live farther from water than red, black, and white mangrove. They are usually found above the high tide line. The flowers and fruits do […]
Mangroves Facts Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) The Red Mangrove is the most salt tolerant of the Mangroves. The Red Mangrove has very shiny, glossy and pointy green leaves which are green on both sides of the leaf. The Red Mangrove is easily recognized by numerous reddish, arching aerial roots called prop (or stilt) roots, which provide an important protective nursery habitat for many marine species. Red Mangroves have small yellowish flowers with four petals and are pollinated by wind. The […]
Mangroves are tropical plants, killed by freezing temperatures. The Florida mangroves ecoregion includes three mangrove species: Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), as shown in the picture, Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans), White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) All three mangrove species flower in the spring and early summer. Propagules fall from late summer through early autumn. These plants have differing adaptions to conditions along coasts, and are generally found in partially overlapping bands or zones, roughly parallel to the shoreline. The red mangrove grows closest to open water. […]