Friday, August 5, 2016

Tosohatchee WMA, August 2, 2016

Goldenrod was the most widespread and visible wildflower seen during this visit. We saw lots of blue mist flower and skyflower. The prize sightings were fewflower milkweed and pine lily.
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Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum, Asteraceae)

As usual, the blue doesn't photograph well. Images show up as pinkish.
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 Chapman's goldenrod (Solidago odora var. chapmanii, Asteraceae)
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Semaphore thoroughwort (Eupatorium mikanioides, Asteraceae)
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 Seaside primrosewillow (Ludigia maritima, Onagraceae)
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Rosy camphorweed (Pluchea baccharis, Asteraceae)
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Blackroot (Pterocaulon pycnostachyum, Asteraceae)
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Tall elephantsfoot (Elephantopus elatus, Asteraceae)
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Elliott's yelloweyed grass (Xyris elliotti, Xyridaceae)
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Fringed meadowbeauty (Rhexia petiolata, Melastomataceae)

Common in the swales alongside St. Nicholas Rd.
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Orange milkwort (Polygala lutea, Polygalaceae)
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Coastalplain St. John's-wort (Hypericum brachyphyllum, Clusiaceae)
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American bluehearts (Buchnera americana, Orobanchaceae)
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Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus odoratissima, Asteraceae)

Distinctive leaves: wavy, curved upwards, hugging stem. Plant has a vanilla odor, especially when dried.
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Turkey tangle fogfruit; capeweed (Phyla nodiflora, Verbenaceae)
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Axilflower (Mecardonia acuminata subsp. peninsularis, Plantaginaceae)
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Clustered bushmint; musky mint (Hyptis alata, Lamiaceae)
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Carolina wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis, Acanthaceae)
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Fewflower milkweed (Asclepias lanceolata, Apocynaceae)
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Skyflower (Hydrolea corymbosa, Hydroleaceae)
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Showy milkwort (Polygala violacea, Polygalaceae)
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Marsh gentian; seaside gentian (Eustoma exaltatum, Gentianaceae)
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 Virginia saltmarsh mallow (Kosteletzkya pentacarpos, Malvaceae)
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Blazing star, gayfeather (Liatris chapmanii, Asteraceae)

The leaves are distinctive: Lower leaves the larger, decreasing upward.
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Catesby's lily; pine lily (Lilium catesbaei, Liliaceae)

We missed these on the way in, but spotted them on the way out, about midway on St. Nicholas Rd., west side.
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Red-headed Woodpecker

A rare sight for us; we've never seen them in Brevard Co.

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