February 25, 2018
February 20, 2018
If you follow Clay Gully (a tributary of the Myakka River) to one of its tributaries, you come to this place. The close understory that you’ve brushed against all along the path suddenly disappears, and the stream becomes narrower and narrower until spreads out in great pools under towering live oaks. It was too early to see the blue flag irises (Iris virginica) flowering, but their foliage was reaching out from the water earlier this month.
February 17, 2018
My botanist husband said no when I asked if these were palm leaves. No, he said patiently, these are cycad leaves. So I Googled to see if cycads and palms are closely related. No dice. But at least I’m not way off base in thinking they may be. Here’s the sentence from Wikipedia’s Cycad page that felt forgiving: “Because of their superficial resemblance, they are sometimes mistaken for palms or ferns, but they are not closely related to either group.”