Monday, August 21, 2006

Airheads And ...

The trees in Devil's Hammock Preserve are laden with epiphytes.











Tough to photograph green against green.













An epiphyte flower ... not flashy, but still pretty.















Clump - o - phytes.
















Wait a minute ...

... who is this guy and why is he in the mix? Posted by Picasa

20 comments:

Hurricane Teen said...

Oh, so that's what those things are called. I see them all the time back in the swamps and I've always just called them the collective term "air plants" Once again, very informative.

Floridacracker said...

Hurricane Teen,
They are even more impressive down in what's left of wild South Florida.

Rurality said...

Well, none of that in north Alabama, needless to say.

Um, the 2nd one looks like a giant pineapple that sunk.

Floridacracker said...

Rurality,
Why yes it does ...

Hick said...

Obviously he is a pineapple.

(snort).

pablo said...

I think mistletoe is the only one of this tribe we have in Missouri, and in extreme southern Missouri at that.

swamp4me said...

What, no Spanish moss? Outrageous!

Anonymous said...

Hi FC..I'm a misplaced Buckeye living in south florida (Palm City)because of dh's job transfer. Got linked to your blog awhile back and check in often. We took our son back to FSU last weekend and drove 27 to Ocala to the turnpike home. We drove by Ichnetuckee!! Now I know where it's at. The drive was so beautiful we can't wait to take more time to explore the small towns, antique stores, parks etc. Keep the pictures coming
Jennifer

Ava said...

Great pictures! Very unusual for where I'm from.

Laura said...

Shhh! Don't tell anyone where wild South Florida IS!
Or if you do, make them sign a disclaimer! I'll draft it up.

robin andrea said...

These photos give a really good feel for what your woods look like. Even though it's been dry, there's still a tropical, lush feel there. Very pretty.

Mrs. S said...

I have no idea what any of those plants are, but I have to say it must be nice to live so close to so much greenery! Despite the beauty of the place I live, I don't get to live AMONG it very much... we intend to fix that by moving up island, but it's a different type of beauty entirely.

Thank you for sharing ;)

vicki said...

Hot damn. It's a date palm, and I just love date palms.

Floridacracker said...

Hick,
Yes, he is a pineapple ... and the second part of the question?

Pablo,
Mistletoe fits in the epi- category, but the pineapple has a closer relationship to the plants above ... more than shared location.

Swampy,
So used to it, I plumb forgot to shoot it. Good point.

Jennifer,
Welcome to Pure Florida! The drive you took is still very scenic with lots of small towns. High Springs and Alachua have some neat antique areas. Thanks for commenting!

Ava,
They are pretty unusual, even compared to the surrounding plants here. They get their nutrients from the air and are not parasitic on their host tree.

Laura,
Most people probably couldn't find it...pretty well hidden behind all that concrete and glitz.

Robin,
The rains seem to be starting and this forest is a river swamp, so it is incredibly lush.

Mrs. S,
Moving "up island" sounds so glamorous. We will expect photos of course!

Vicki,
Well ... a pineapple top actually. I planted it earlier this year and it rooted and is proceeding nicely. I will have to protect it to get it through our north Florida winter.
Great to hear from you...I'm thinking you must be unpacked from your big move if you are blogging again :)

vicki said...

F.C.- I know that's a pineapple- someone has been posting under my name while I unpack. He's here from Salem, visiting, enroute to the U.P. and Bud. Nevertheless- I'll second his hot damn. It's good to be back. :-)

Floridacracker said...

Vicki,
Makes sense now ;)

Mrs. S said...

Ha! It's not as glamorous as they'd have you believe. Around here, "up-island" just means "north".

Floridacracker said...

Mrs. S,
Well, if you say so, but it sounds posh!

Hurricane Teen said...

"Shhh! Don't tell anyone where wild South Florida IS!
Or if you do, make them sign a disclaimer! I'll draft it up."

LAURA FOR GOVERNOR!!!

Floridacracker said...

Hurricane Teen,
I am printing her campaign signs as I type :)