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Sweet acacia is a native shrub to small tree of the southern-most band of states from Florida and Georgia west into California. It is closely related to the iconic trees of the African savanna landscapes, including the umbrella thorn acacia. In Florida sweet acacias are mostly found on shell middens, coastal hammocks, pinelands and disturbed sites, more frequently in the southern peninsula.
For a while we had an acacia tree in our yard that after a very slow start had grown from a seedling to about ten feet tall. However it did not survive being relocated to make way for a new septic system.
Sweet Acacia zig-zags and thorns
The zig-zag branches have whitish thorns that are actually spinescent stipules. Stipules are pairs of appendages that are at the base of many leaf stems, but are more frequently very small and leaf-like.
Sweet Acacia inflorescence
Flowers are a globular cluster of yellow stamens 3/8 - 1/2 inch in diameter appearing at the end of not quite inch long stalks.
Sweet Acacia stamens close-up
The binomial name for the Florida native sweet acacia was Acacia farnesiana. It was recently changed to Vachellia farnesiana farnesiana as part of a worldwide reorganization of what was nearly 1500 species of Acacia.
You can read more about Sweet acacia at the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography blog, including all about the scientific name change and the etymology of both the old and new names..
This weekend, Saturday May 5 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday May 6 from 10am to 4pm, Paul Rebmann Nature Photography will be at Art in the Park in Ormond Beach.
Various size and format photo prints, greeting cards and other items with images from nature will be available in the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography/Wild Florida Photo tent in Rockefeller Gardens. New items include Eclipse prints, Talbot Island Stilt tree printed on acrylic and Sandhill Crane at Clearwater Lake on a metal print.
Paul Rebmann will be presenting Wildflowers & Pollinators at the June meeting of the Volusia-Flagler Sierra Club, Thursday June 21 at 7pm. The Sierra Club meets in the UCF building 140 room 206 on the Daytona State campus in Daytona Beach.
One of the marvels of nature is the symbiotic relationship - where both parties benefit - between wildflowers and pollinators. When pollinators are mentioned, the first thing that probably comes tomind are bees, or possibly butterflies. What many people may not realize is the large diversity of species that are helping to pollinate our plants, whether in the wild, in landscapes or on farms. And the plants, particularly natives that help feed the pollinators that also go on to pollinate the plants that feed us. Wildflowers and Pollinators features information, photos and even a few videos, including stages of the life cycles of the spiderling plume moth and gulf fritillary butterfly.
Contact the photographer (see below) if your group may be interested in seeing this presentation on the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and a variety of pollinators.
For details on these and other events, visit the Wild Florida Photo events page.
Weekender Tote Bags
Great for heading to the beach or for that overnighter.
Purchase Purchase West Coast Dune Sunflower weekender tote bag
West Coast Dune Sunflower, Helianthus debilis vestitus
These spiral notebooks would be ideal for keeping nature journals.
Purchase Purple Gallinule Bigfoot spiral notebook
Purple Gallinule - Porphyrio martinica
To see a selection of images that I think will look best on yoga mats, visit www.wildflphoto.com/yoga
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The current Wild Florida Photo feature is
Other recent featured photos at Wild Florida Photo include Sora.
Note that there was no April 2018 newsletter.
Thank you, and I hope that you enjoy my photography.
Wild Florida Photo
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