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Interesting plant life in Sarasota, Florida

When traveling, I try to visit the local botanical gardens as much as possible.

It is common knowledge that plants are used for medicinal purposes, both legal and illegal, but did you know some plants take on the name of human body parts? At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota Florida, there is one such plant that I’ve never heard of before…clitoria tenantoria. I especially like the close-up of the center of the bromeliad…the delicate tiny purple flowers are so easily overlooked if you don’t look closely.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida

 

 

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Interesting Trees & Their Care

The next picture is interesting. I saw this live oak tree while taking a walk around Lido Key, Sarasota, Florida. I took a wild guess as to what the lumpy yellow-brown stuff was in the crook of the 2 large boughs as the early stage of the burl process…not so! One of my brothers is a certified international arborist so I sent him the picture. What it actually is is foam sprayed in the cavity of the tree to protect it from further deterioration…pretty cool, isn’t it? In case you don’t know, an arborist is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees.

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protective foam in a cavity of a tree

 

Banyan Tree

The picture below is of an old banyan tree that has grown many aerial prop roots that spread over a wide area growing into thick, woody trunks. Often the aerial roots grow to be as large as the primary trunk making it difficult to identify the primary trunk. In the picture, it looks like a grove of trees. Every trunk is interconnected directly or indirectly to the primary trunk.

A banyan tree is in the fig species and produces fruits/figs like the common edible figs we see in grocery stores and farmers markets. There are many different species of banyans that thrive throughout the world.

Walking through the many interconnecting ‘corridors’ and ‘rooms’ among the aerial roots of this banyan tree was truly magnificent. Some of the aerial roots looked as if they extended from the clouds…that’s how tall they were.

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one of many banyan trees on the Ringling Estate, Sarasota, Florida

 

Christmas Palm

The Christmas palm, also known as the Manila palm, is native to the Philippines. It typically grows 20-25 feet high with leaves up to 8 feet long. One of the interesting things about the Christmas palm is the bright red-orange clusters of fruits that ripen around the Christmas holiday.
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Floridians call the Christmas palm seed pod “fruit”, but it is not edible. The fruit measures about 3-4″ long x 2″ wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humor me…the 2 pictures below use the imagination. Can you see it?

Stick Tree

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Evergreen Sapling

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It’s amazing that this small shrubby plant can grow in dry sand!

 

 

 

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