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by Rich Leighton | Jun 23, 2020 | Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Natural History, Nature & Wildlife, WildflowersCan a plant me any more badass than tread softly (Cnidoscolus stimulosus)? It has stinging hairs like nettle, sticky latex and spiky leaves that release cyanide when damaged, and nectaries on its leaves that attract protective ants to their sugary sweetness. MORE...
by Rich Leighton | Apr 19, 2018 | Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Natural History, WildflowersThe American lotus has extraordinarily large and beautiful pale yellow native aquatic wildflower has two amazing characteristics: one – the large circular lily pads (leaves) do not get wet on top, and water forms beads on top if splashed or rained on, but even...
by Rich Leighton | Jun 8, 2017 | Florida, Florida Nature Photography, Nature Photography, WildflowersAt first light, there is nothing quite as beautiful as wildflowers backlit from the rising sun. These highly-colorful showy evening primroses were no exception! ~ click on any image to enlarge ~ Showy Evening Primroses Also known as pinkladies, pink evening primrose...
by Rich Leighton | Mar 26, 2017 | Florida, Florida Nature Photography, Natural History, Nature & Wildlife, Nature Photography, WildflowersToday’s post is about one of my favorite wildflowers found in the swampy hardwood forests along the Gulf Coast – the cardinal flower. I was hiking through an area near Bristol, Florida called the “Garden of Eden Trail” when I spotted this...
by Rich Leighton | Dec 29, 2014 | Florida Nature Photography, Nature & Wildlife, Nature Photography, WildflowersThere is a brand new section in the Wildflowers Galleries today, and it is all about the close relative of the lily; the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae) of our Florida native wildflowers. Because of their close genetic relations with the lily family (Liliaceae),...
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