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Vascular plants that are required by the larva of Butterflies (Papilionoidea)

American Black Nightshade (Solanum americanum), English, Gardening, Horticulture, Northern Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus)

The Benefits of American Black Nightshade (Solanum americanum Mill.) for Bobwhite Quail in Florida and the Southeast

American Black Nightshade (Solanum americanum Mill.) is an often overlooked but vital plant species that plays a significant role in the habitat and diet of the endangered Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). This article delves into the importance of American Black Nightshade for Bobwhite Quail across Florida and the southeastern United […]

Botany, English, Gardening, Horticulture, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Germinating Dormant or Hardened Saw Palmetto Drupes: Exploring the Role of the Endocarp

The journey of germinating Saw Palmetto drupes with the endocarp intact requires an understanding of the seed’s anatomy and how each layer interacts with the environment. While removing the endocarp can aid in speeding up germination, it comes with its risks. Scarification, with methods like the rock tumbler, offers an alternative that can encourage faster germination without the potential downsides of complete endocarpal removal.

Botany, Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor), English, Gardening, Horticulture, Scrub Palmetto (Sabal etonia)

What’s the Difference Between Sabal Etonia and Sabal Minor?

Both species are resistant to a variety of environmental conditions, making them valuable for landscaping in their native regions. When trying to distinguish them in the wild or in cultivation, considering their habitat, leaf shape, and the length of the inflorescence can be helpful.