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Mahogany Hammock Trail at Everglades National Park (2007)

Let’s travel back to Florida and less depressing things like losing a state park—because nature continues on even while we fight to save it. I actually remember very little about this trail. I can recall part of the boardwalk and that there were mosquitoes but I don’t recall seeing some of these plants!

The peeling skin-like bark of a gumbo limbo tree, Bursera simaruba

The fruits of a Florida strangler fig, Ficus aurea

A nurse log filled with long strapferns, Campyloneurum phyllitidis…a common scene in many swampy hammocks in south Florida.

An orchid that has died, probably a butterfly orchid.


Hammock viper’s-tail, Pentalinon luteum. This is one of the plants I didn’t remember and when I saw the photo of it I thought it was the non-native allamanda. Which makes sense because they are both in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae!


Sweet acacia, Vachellia farnesiana

A tiny little orchid, possibly a night-scented orchid, Epidendrum nocturnum


A little non-native brown anole, Anolis sagrei

Look up and you’ll find a canopy of bromeliads!

And finally, a muscadine grape leaf with some fungal damage going on.

One Comment

  • shoreacres

    What a neat place! When I saw your Pentalinon luteum it reminded me of my first sighting of our fringed puccoon last weekend, down near Palacios. I didn’t see any evidence of huisache budding, but the mesquite are looking gorgeous, with that delicate green that characterizes their first leaves.

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