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SEASIDE GOLDENROD

Solidago sempervirens is one of the 20 species of goldenrod found in Florida.

The habitat of SEASIDE GOLDENROD includes beach dunes, wet pinelands and the edges of salt marshes and flats.



CAROLINA MANTID

This distinctive insect can turn its flexible neck in all directions.

While Stagmomantis carolina's wings are shorter than the abdomem, the praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) has wings that extend beyond the abdomen tip.



FORKED BLUECURLS

Trichostema dichotomum is a small plant of sandhills, flatwoods and open hammocks.

Forked bluecurls is found in nearly every county in Florida and most eastern states from Texas to Maine. Another species of the same genus is narrowleaf bluecurls. T. setaceum is less common in Florida and also not as widespread nationally.



PINELAND NAILWORT

This low-growing Florida native favors sandhill and scrub habitats and is also found in Alabama and Georgia.



SHORTLEAF BLAZING STAR

Liatris tenuifolia is one of 15 species of this genus that occur in Florida.

They are often challenging to distinguish from each other, and one - Liatris gholsonii - was just recognized as a new species in 2002. L. tenuifolia even has a subspecies, var. quadrifolia.



MARYLAND MEADOWBEAUTY

I had originally misidentified this as Rhexia parviflora, or white meadowbeauty, but now believe that it is actually Rhexia mariana, known as both maryland meadowbeauty and pale meadow beauty.

Rhexia mariana is a common plant of flatwoods, bogs and marshes throughout most of Florida, except for the southernmost peninsula. The range extends from Texas to Michigan through much of the eastern United States north to New York and Massachusetts.
The four petals that vary in color from pale purple to white easily fall off - especially in the afternoon. Pale meadow beauty has eight curved stamens with yellow anthers over 5mm long. The opposite leaves are three-viened, hairy and have finely toothed margins.