Florida Trees, Flowers, Fruits

Florida Trees, Flowers, Fruits


  • Florida Trees, Flowers, Fruits

Published Date

  • 1938-1939 Series


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Examples include St. Peter's wort, a four-petaled, yellow flower on a shrubby plant, up to three
feet tall; St. John's wort, a similar flower, with five petals, and penny wort, with creeping stems,
small round leaves and small, pink-tinged blossoms, also yellow-eyed grass, characterized by a
leafless, flowering stem, and yellow, round heads at the end of a short spike; pipe wort, its small
flowers forming a white, gray or brown button-like head at the top of fluted stems; marsh pines,
consisting of four to 12-lobed flowers of pink, white, or blue; and fog fruit, growing small blue
flowers on a low, compact stalked head. Colic root, topped by small, tubular, yellow flowers,
and with a rosette of yellow-green leaves at the base of the stem, blooms in spring.

Bedroot, showing a dull, yellow-green cluster of flowers at the head of a leafy stem, arrives
in spring to remain all summer. A brilliant-red sap flows through its roots. The blue, five-lobed
blossom of the mane is another summer flower, as is deer grass, identified by a square stem, round,
slightly heart-shaped leaves, and deep-colored, four-petaled flowers of pink, pale-purple and rose.

Many kinds of aquatic flowers and plants lend ornamental effect to Florida's lakes, streams
and ditches. The water hyacinth, introduced from Brazil, propagates so rapidly and extensively
that gangs of workmen are often required to clear it from navigable waterways. Its striking, blue
flower is floated at the surface by air-filled stems.

Arrow-head is a white aquatic flower, in whorls of three. The beautiful spider lily, with a
stalk one to two feet in height, has a slender, white flower of six lobes. Water lettuce floats
thick, light-green wedge-shaped leaves, and its floating heart shows a white flower and heart-
shaped leaves.