Myakka State Forest in Englewood, FL. Out on a recon for a future Peace River Butterfly Society field trip in March....looking for likely spots to find thistles in bloom. Christmas day and a lovely afternoon hike on the Palmetto and River trails for a beautiful river view at the back country campsite.
On the way back spotted a group of Pine Hyacinth plants in full bloom....unusual in late December?
Clematis baldwinii, named after William Baldwin.
8593 acres of mesic flatwoods...slash and longleaf pine overstory with saw palmetto understory.
Be a citizen scientist and report what you see on iNaturalist!
Easy to find this stand of over a dozen plants....20 meters down the Palmetto trail from the parking lot on East River Road.
Great field guide for Florida's wildflowers.
Thanks to the Florida Forest Service for allowing hiking, hunting, horseback riding, wilderness camping, picnicking. So much of nature to see so close to suburbia.
Roger Hammer will be PRBS's guest speaker in February....and in March State Forester, Eric Stricland will speak at the meeting prior to our field outing.
Lots to see out there...bring a camera!