Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Look Closer

Here are a set of photos taken within 10 feet of the trail. Can you help identify any of them? Is that a Prickly Pear Cactus? If so they don't get very big at Munson.


  1. Not sure about #1 or #2, but I believe #3 is Partridge Pea (Cassia fasciculata) and #4 looks like Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa). Hope this helps!

  2. 1 is red milkweed, Asclepius lanceolata, 2 is sandhill milkweed, Asclepius humistrata gone to seed. Both are host plants for several butterflies, including the Monarch.

    Russ Frydenborg

  3. I think # 1 is Asclepias tuberosa - the stem will be "hairy" on tuberosa where Lanceolata will lack this characterist.

    Wes Lucas

  4. Ken, I am sure that if you forward these pics to native nurseries (facebook) then can give you the rest.

    Plus, I heard the story behind "Mingo" last night.....LOL!

    Karen Loewen

  5. No. 1 is, indeed, Asclepias tuberosa ("butterfly milkweed")--notice it has alternate leaves, whereas
    A. lanceolata has opposite leaves and somewhat "redder" blossoms. The other species are correctly identified.

  6. check out www.fnps.org for links to plant id sites and the local magnolia chapter that meets the 1st thur. each month 7pm at the FSU King Bldg. ps: Dr. Anderson is THE MAN!

    Fritz Wettstein

  7. Thanks for all the work. #1, The Butterfly Milkweed is my favorite in this group. I am surprised #2 is also considered a milkweed. What makes a "milkweed"? Of the plants out there, the bodies of the Prickly Pear and the Yuccas are my favorites followed closely by the Palmetto. I can’t seem to choose a favorite flower.

    I’ll post more flowers tomorrow.

  8. Those are known as:

    Orange weed
    Spider Nest Pod
    Yellow weed
    little cactus

    you are welcome

  9. Everybody listen to Juancho! He knows what's up! Actually that last cactus is Opuntia pusilla or Cock's Spur Prickly Pear.