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REGAL JUMPING SPIDER

This photo shows the orange form of the female Phidippus regius, the most common species of jumping spider in Florida.

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GREEN FLY ORCHID

The most frequent epiphytic orchid in central and northern Florida is often found amongst the resurrection fern, primarily on live oak.

Epidendrum magnoliae is the only epiphytic orchid in the United States found naturally outside of Florida.



RUGEL'S PAWPAW

Deeringothamnus rugelii is also known as YELLOW SQUIRREL-BANANA from the small fruits that it produces.

This little plant is typically a solitary stem or two less than a foot tall, although they can reach almost 18" and grow in clumps. RUGEL'S PAWPAW is endemic to Florida and Volusia County and is soil specific. It requires wildfires to keep its habitat clear. Reports of this rare plant in neighboring counties are apparently incorrect.



CUT-LEAVED EVENING PRIMROSE

Oenothera laciniata is probably the most prevalent of the genus and is widely considered a weed of lawns, golf courses & agriculture.

The yellow flowers open around dusk and stay open all night, making evening primrose an attractive plant for moths.



SPIDERWORT

Also known as BLUEJACKET, Tradescantia ohienis is one of the common blue to violet flowers along Florida roadsides in the spring.

The genus was named after John (the older) Tradescant, an English royal gardener who received plants and seeds from the American colonies in the early 1600's. Although the elder Tradescant travelled throughout Europe & Russia, it was his son, John Tradescant (the younger) who visited Virginia three times during the 17th century to continue the family's study of American botany.
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PURPLE PASSIONFLOWER

This distinctive flower is also known as MAYPOP, one of the more common native species in this family.

This distinctive flower is also known as MAYPOP, one of the more common native species in this family. A favorite larval food of the Gulf fritillary, julia and zebra butterflies, exotic and cultivated hybrid species of passionflowers can also be found in Florida.