Monday, February 20, 2012

Wickham Park, February 20, 2012

A quick, early spring visit.
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Scrubland goldenaster (Chrysopsis subulata, Asteraceae)
Native, Florida endemic

This plant was previously misidentified as camphorweed (Heterotheca subaxillaris). Roger Hammer correctly identified it as scrubland goldenaster (Chrysopsis subulata), June 3, 2015.

Fuzzy, cobwebby basal leaves are shown here.
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 Yellow colicroot (Aletris lutea, Nartheciaceae)
Native

A number of yellow colicroot plants can be seen now  in the "boggy" area. The basal leaves are yellow and green with rolled edges.
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Pink sundew (Drosera capillaris, Droseraceae)
Native

The sundews are back. The "boggy" area is at least moist again after a long drought.
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Coastal searocket (Cakile lanceolata, Brassicaceae)
Native

I was surprised to find this plant so far from its normal coastal dunes habitat. It was growing in disturbed soil immediately east of the ditch that runs along the east side of the Youth Camping Area.
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Small-leaf climbing fern; Old-world climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum, Schizaeaceae)
Not native, exotic invasive

The top left photo shows the run-away fern climbing up small trees on the north side of the unpaved road to the soccer fields. The fern has two kinds of leaves: infertile (upper-right photo) and fertile. The bottom-left photo shows the top side of fertile leaves. The sporangia can be seen on the underside of fertile leaves, bottom-right. The leaflets are small, about the size of a quarter.
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