Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A whorl of endangered, Florida endemic wildflowers of scrub habitats in the eastern Florida peninsula from Volusia County into Miami-Dade County.
Conradina grandiflora lives up to its specific name with the largest flowers of the genus.
The flowers of this small shrub are two-lipped and white, pale pink or lavender with darker lavender spots.
The upper lip is erect with four stamens on the underside.
Both the calyx and corolla throat are hairy.
The leaves are made up of opposite clusters of narrowly spatulate, nearly linear blades with revolute margins.
This species was first collected by John Kunkel Small in April of 1924 near Sebastian, Florida.
In the coastal areas of Florida can be seen marsh rabbits, always near water, usually fresh or brackish, and as can be seen here, along the ocean beach dunes.
These rabbits are found near freshwater marshes and estuarine areas throughout most of Florida. They range through the coastal plain from the Florida panhandle to southeastern Virginia.
These medium sized rabbits are dark brown to reddish brown with a dark belly. The head and tail of marsh rabbits are smaller than eastern cottontail rabbits. Sylvilagus palustris have short rounded ears and small feet with long toenails on the hind feet. Males and females appear similar.
The marsh rabbit is primarily nocturnal, although it can often be seen while foraging in the morning or early evening.
This rare wildflower is a member of the mustard family and is found Only in Florida. Warea amplexifolia is listed as endangered by both the U.S. and Florida.
Clasping warea occurs in the sandhills of central Florida from Marion to Polk & Osceola Counties.
Also called wideleaf pinelandcress, the flowers form in crowded terminal clusters somewhat globular shaped that mature from the bottom up, with whitish corollas, turning rose-purple on long pedicels. The individual flowers are about a half inch across with four paddle-shaped petals and six long stamens. The fruit is a thin pod 7-8cm (~3 in.) long called a silique and the leaves are heart-shaped and clasp the stem.
The species was originally collected somewhere in east Florida by Nathaniel A. Ware, Thomas Nuttall at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia originally named this plant Stanleya amplexifolia in 1822. Later, in 1834 Nuttall reconsidered it as a separate genus which he named after the collector.