Pedagogy of the Plants

Hand Carved Door to the Tropics

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August 7, 2020 at 8:55 am

Tiny Truffala

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Mimosa strigillosa

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July 27, 2020 at 7:24 am

Ephemeral Ghost Pipe

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Monotropa uniflora

The illusive rows of ghostly flowers are actually a fungus feeding on fungi that’s feeding on tree roots. They’re epiparasites, or parasites sourcing nutrients from other parasites.

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Monotropa unifloraHiawa

Eastern Native American tribes once used ghost pipe as an anticonvulsive and painkiller.

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June 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

June Foraging

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Cantharellus cibarius

A bike ride to a secret spot off South Milledge reveals a neon patch of orange on the forest floor. Click here for a simple and delicious recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

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June 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

Aquatic Social Distancing

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Lake Tree

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March 25, 2020 at 8:41 am

Matanzas Inlet Gets Rinsed

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March 22, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Vernal Purple Invader

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Wisteria sinensis

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Wisteria sinensis

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March 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Neon Sea Grape Venation

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Coccoloba uvifera

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Coccoloba uvifera

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Coccoloba uvifera

For a sea grape jelly recipe and more, click here.

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March 15, 2020 at 6:54 pm

Snake Plants Occupy Coquina Beach

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Sansevieria trifasciata

Sabal Roots on Rattlesnake Island

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Sabal palmetto

Don’t they look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book?

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March 15, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Reclamation

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Taraxacum officinale

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Kalanchoe daigremontiana

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Portulaca oleracea

 

Succulents and dandelions reclaim sandy soil from a tired, cracking tennis court. In the words of author Richard Powers, “There’s always as much belowground as above.”

Nantahala National Forest Pollinator Party

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Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Kudzu Bloom

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Pueraria lobata

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Pueraria lobata

Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 9:19 am

Antigua Black Pineapple Farm

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Pineapple Farm in Saint Mary Parish, Antigua

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Ananas comosus

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July 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Flamboyant Tree

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Delonix regia

Antigua locals call this tree “chuk chuk” due to the sound the seed pod makes when used as a rhythmic musical instrument.

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Buttonbush

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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Click here for buttonbush photos taken over 1,700 miles away from the one featured above.

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm

West Indian Fuzzy Chiton

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Acanthopleura granulata

The West Indian fuzzy chiton attaches itself to limestone cliffs throughout the Caribbean while munching on algae.

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Limestone Cliff in Dickenson Bay

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July 16, 2019 at 11:51 am

Beach Morning Glory

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Ipomea pes-caprae

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Summer Storm Over Ormond Beach

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June 17, 2019 at 11:58 am

Pink Invader

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Albizia julibrissin

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June 17, 2019 at 10:49 am

Chance Encounter Under the Overpass

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Odocoileus virginianus

Amidst kudzu and trumpet creeper, a doe stands sentry high above the North Oconee Greenway on a Sunday afternoon.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2019 at 10:34 am