March 7, 2018
Every year, I’m surprised by the beautiful emerging or senescing leaves of the seagrape. Like fall maple leaves up north, no two are ever alike. I’m never in Florida in late summer, when the trees bear edible fruit.
December 10, 2014
I keep telling myself that I have quite enough photographs of seagrape leaves. But then I fall for them again. And again. And again. And again. These were at Quick Point Sunday.
December 26, 2011
Janet and I went to nearby Quick Point Nature Preserve a few Sundays ago (December 4, to be exact, though I hate to admit it was that long ago). Here’s what I observed: Some spiders make really spacey webs; some dead palm trees look like Dalmations; some weeds dry up in very strange ways; and all sea-grape (Coccoloba uvifera) leaves—including dead ones—are interesting. . . . As we were leaving, I noticed something bright orange along the path. It was a fruit about two inches long growing on a vine. Then I noticed a whole sea-grape shrub covered in the stems and leaves of this vine, and saw that many other nearby plants and trees were totally engulfed by it. Ohhh, noooo, I thought. Maybe this is the dreaded kudzu. It wasn’t, as I found out by Googling, but it is a plant that is considered quite a pest, especially in orange groves. It’s a bitter melon and is also called balsam apple and wild cucumber (Momordica charantia).