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Varnish Leaf (Dodonaea viscosa)

Varnish Leaf (Dodonaea viscosa)

Varnish Leaf (Dodonaea viscosa) This plant is native to Florida. The shiny green leaves have a varnished appearance that gives this plant its most widely used common name. The resinous coating is a protection against water loss. This allows the plants to be...
Sword Fern aka Wild Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta)

Sword Fern aka Wild Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta)

Sword Fern aka Wild Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exalta) Sword ferns typically grow near swamps and in tropical forests, on hammocks and along roadsides. This plant, also known as a wild Boston fern, became a popular indoor plant back in the Victoria era of the 19th...
Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia)

Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia)

Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) Stiff, sharp-pointed, dagger-like leaves at stem tips. (They really hurt when you bump into the ends of the plant!) The points of these stems were used as needles. In late spring or early summer beautiful creamy white bell-shaped...
Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea)

Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea)

Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea) The roots of the strangler fig are often thought to be vines growing on a host tree, but Strangler Figs can grow like a normal tree from the ground up; they also may start high up in another tree, such as Cabbage Palm trees, and send roots...
Snowberry (Chioccoca pinetorum)

Snowberry (Chioccoca pinetorum)

Snowberry (Chioccoca pinetorum) The Snowberry is native to South Florida and thrives throughout the Bahamas and West Indies, where it is referred to as Milkberry. The low scrambling shrub can reach a height of 10 feet, if given a support to climb upon. The fragrant...
Shoestring Fern (Vittaria lineata)

Shoestring Fern (Vittaria lineata)

Shoestring Fern (Vittaria lineata) It is easy to see why this plant is called Shoestring fern. These ferns often grow in association with Golden Polypody Ferns on Sabal Palms. This plant is an epiphyte (a plant that grows on a host without harming it.) Like all ferns,...