Plant Profile: Caesalpinia bonduc, what’s it good for?

Empty Knicker Bean Pods

  I was recently walking along a local beach, when I spotted a happy couple harvesting the smooth, grey beans from a Caesalpinia bonduc.  These sea beans, sometimes known as “sea pearls” or “eaglestones,” can be quite attractive and are occasionally used in crafts.  There was nothing creative in my …

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Florida Fungus: Clathrus crispus

Wiffle Ball Stinkhorn

It’s mid-July and the Florida rainy season is in full force.  The ground is moist and warm.  Seeds and spore that have laid dormant during the drier months are springing forth with life.  Many of the sudden growths are easily recognizable, but some seem down right alien! This strangle fungus …

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Plant Profile: Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia)

Royal Poinciana Tree

Nothing says warm weather like a Royal Poinciana tree in bloom.  These trees can be found all over southern Florida, most often used in landscaping.  I have long known that the Poinciana isn’t native to Florida, despite it having been present seemingly forever.  Somewhere in my youth, I was told …

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