Pennyroyal (Piloblephis rigida) is an aromatic evergreen shrub about 2 feet
tall. The leaves are opposite and
needlelike. Appearing year round
are dense heads of pale purple flowers. It
is found in sandhills, oak scrub, pinelands and other dry, sandy sites in
central and south Florida.
Sandhill wireweed (Polygonella
robusta) is a brittle, woody shrub up to three feet tall.
The leaves are alternate and clustered.
White to pinkish spikelike flower clusters appear from March until
November. They are found throughout the state in sandhills and sand pine scrub.
Reticulate pawpaw or Dog banana (Asimina
reticulata) is a deciduous shrub about four and one half feet tall. It is
densely branched and has oblong leaves that are alternate, leathery and have
rounded tips. The top of the leaf is pale green and the underside is grayish
with reddish brown veins. Fragrant
We also have our own butterfly.
The Florida leafwing (Anaea
If we preserve their natural
habitats, plants and animals endemic to Florida will thrive.
If we continue to destroy their habitats more will become extinct.
Our state is unlike any other. Let's
keep it that way by preserving what was here before us.
We owe it to ourselves and to the creatures with which we share our
By: Cindy Conard
Ashton, Ray E. Jr. and Patricia Sawyer Ashton.
Handbook of Reptiles and Amphibians of Florida: Part Three: The
Amphibians. Winward Publishing, Inc. 1988.
Gingerich, Dr. Jerry Lee. Florida's
Fabulous Mammals. World
Nelson, Gil. The
Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida. Pineapple
Peterson, Roger Tory. Peterson
Field Guides. Eastern Birds. Houghton
Mifflin Company. 1980.
Pyle, Robert Michael. National
Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies.
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1994
Scott, Shirley L. , Editor. Field
Guide to the Birds of North America. The
National Geographic Society. 1987.
Taylor, Walter Kingsley. Florida
Wildflowers in Their Natural Communities.
University Press of Florida. 1998.
Taylor, Walter Kingsley. The
Guide to Florida Wildflowers. Taylor
Publishing Company. 1992.
Williams, Winston. Florida's
Fabulous Birds. World Wide
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