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01 de diciembre de 2020

Home for The HollyDays - December Ecoquest

Sarasota-Manatee EcoFlora's December EcoQuest is Home for the HollyDays! Holly trees are attractive natives that have become symbols of the winter holidays. Hollies are one of the few trees found in all fifty states, with several species native to Sarasota and Manatee counties. Hollies are dioecious, meaning that trees bear either male or female flowers, but not both. The female trees bear beautiful berries. While they are toxic to humans, the berries are an excellent food source for birds and mammals in the winter. Many insects pollinate the flowers and the dense foliage of the trees is excellent for wildlife.

(Image of Ilex vomitoria in bonsai form at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens)

The leaves of some holly trees can be made into tea. The Yaupon holly is the most caffeinated plant in the United States. Native Americans used the leaves for medicinal and ceremonial purposes, making a black drink. Because these ceremonies involved vomiting (likely due to fasting and consuming large quantities of caffeine), Scottish botanist William Aiton named it Ilex vomitoria in 1789. When moderately consumed, it does not actually cause vomiting, and you can now purchase Yaupon holly tea commercially! In addition to teas, one of our native hollies, Ilex glabra, (also known as gallberry and inkberry), provides us with delicious honey from its nectar.

For more help ID'ing these holiday hollies check out our handy reference guide here!

Also be sure to check out our scientists going depth depth on the Ilex genus in our monthly Ecoquest Video, Home for the Hollydays!

Publicado el 01 de diciembre de 2020 a las 11:49 PM por sean_patton sean_patton | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

02 de diciembre de 2020

Community Survey on the EcoFlora Project

Hello Everyone!

As we are now almost a year into the public outreach phase of the EcoFlora Project we want to connect with you on how the Sarasota & Manatee EcoFlora Project has impacted you. Please complete this survey to help us find out how the EcoFlora Project has impacted you! Survey ends December 15th!

Survey Link: https://forms.gle/jBJ4zuq79Zgi9paB6

The Selby EcoFlora Team

Publicado el 02 de diciembre de 2020 a las 12:24 AM por sean_patton sean_patton | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

14 de diciembre de 2020

iNaturalist User Find New Invasive Species in Florida

iNaturalist has many uses for conservation, bringing the environmental community together, seeing plant diversity, and simply cataloging plants and animals in an area. However it can also help find invasive species new to the USA and help prevent multi-billion dollar damages such as when one Miami teacher found the invasive Black Bean Bug Brachyplatys subaeneus near her classroom. This species is concerning because it can eat many of the hundreds of native species and crop species in the legume family! So be sure to know that your contributions to iNaturalist and your local EcoFlora projects are helping to protect and understand the wonderful diversity of plant life around you!

Brachyplatys subaeneus, the black bean bug, has characteristic yellow markings on the head. JADE S. ALLEN, FDACS-DPI

Link to the full article: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article246893437.html?fbclid=IwAR3Ub_QeFx6BtOOmVrEnA2NNINgTedZNBSE9MdacljdCtUN6F27cDq9DuuE

Publicado el 14 de diciembre de 2020 a las 06:03 PM por sean_patton sean_patton | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario