The Florida gopher tortoise is listed as a Threatened Species. Please look under your car when backing out of parking spaces, drive slowly and stay on marked trails or the boardwalk. 


(Catharanthus roseus)

This plant originated in Madagascar but is widespread in the U.S. The 5-petalled flower may be lavender or white and bloom year-round. Tea from the flowers has been used to treat asthma. The leaves have been used to prepare a tea as a home remedy for diabetes, diarrhea, excessive menstrual flow and high blood pressure. The mature leaves and roots induce vomiting and have been used as a worm treatment. The mature leaves are toxic due to the presence of numerous alkaloids. Livestock have been poisoned as a result of eating the foliage. The alkaloids are being used to lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, arrest bleeding and as an anti-cancer medicine.

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