On February 19, 2023, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society sponsored a field trip to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. We went on the 0.4 mile (0.64 kilometer) boardwalk trail that took us through an 80-year-old second growth cypress swamp and, after the boardwalk trail, we spent a bit of time at the Refuge's pollinator garden outside the visitor center. Here are a few photographs taken during the field trip.
|A close-up of the flowers of Calliandra emarginata 'Nana'.|
|A close-up of the flowers of Arachnothryx leucophylla (common name Panama-rose), another non-ntive plant sometimes cultivated in native plant gardens in the warmer parts of Florida, presumably for hummingbirds.|
|Acer rubrum (Red Maple) was putting out a flush of fresh, new spring growth in the cypress swamp.|
|As was to be expected, Saururus cernnus (lizard's tail) was frequent and abundant in the Refuge's cypress swamp.|
|Telmatoblechnum serrulatum (swamp fern) was also frequent along the boardwalk trail and, under ideal conditions of moisture and light, were among the largest and most robust representatives of this species that I'd ever seen.|
We saw many, many more plants in addition to the ones listed above; however, I was unable to take good photographic images of them. Of special interest were Acrostichum danaeifolium (giant leather fern), which is the largest native fern in Florida, as well as a second orchid, Iopnopsis utricularioides (delicate violet orchid), the latter in full bloom.
Image and text © 2023 Rufino Osorio