On a recent visit to Dale Wimbrow Park, we found that the small pond that had been filled with cattails had been cleared of the cattails and pretty purple waterlilies now grew there. We returned on August 16, 2016 to photograph the water lilies. They turned out to be non-natives, escapes from someone's water garden. The lilies are Nymphaea capensis var. zanzibariensis, family Nymphaeaceae, common name Cap Blue Waterlily. They have been found in the wild in about 10 counties in peninsula Florida. This species has 12-24 petals, blue, lavender, or purple. Leaf margins are sinuate to almost dentate.
Dale Wimbrow Park is located on the St. Sebastian River, which can be seen in the background in the first photo below.
This blog depicts some of the wildflowers that can be found in Florida's Space Coast, Brevard County. Unless otherwise stated, all photos were taken by myself, Wayne Matchett.
I am not a botanist nor a wildflower expert--just an amateur whose main interest is wildflower photography, which I have been doing for about 50 years, more seriously since the advent of digital cameras. Photographing wildflowers naturally leads to a need to identify the plant I have just photographed. Many times I find that having a good photo of the flower is not sufficient for identification--some other aspect of the plant (usually its stems or leaves, which I failed to photograph...) is necessary to pin down the exact species of wildflower. So, some of my identifications may be in error.
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Please email corrections, questions, or comments to Wayne Matchett,email@example.com.
You can use this site by just browsing through the images or select a post from the archives (see below). To find a particular plant enter its name (full or partial, common or scientific) in the search box at the top of this sidebar.
You can see a list of all the plant species depicted in this blog by clicking on "List of Species" below the header.
For a good overview of the nature of Brevard County, visit the SpaceCoastEco.com blog posts "Big Picture" and "Habitats."
For more information about a plant, visit one of the websites in the list given in the sidebar. The one I use most is the plant atlas at the website of the University of South Florida, Institute for Systematic Botany.
All photographs are my property and may not be used for commercial purposes. Photographs may be used for non-commercial not-for-profit purposes if credit is given to me.
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