Native to the West Indies and Central and South America, cat’s claw vine (Dolichandra unguis-cati) was first introduced to Florida in the 1940's as a vining, showy ornamental. Thriving in a neotropical climate, it has readily spread through ... READ MORE
Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) is one of the recent additions to the Florida State Noxious Weed List.
Belonging to the family Caprifoliaceae, alongside other popular vining and hardy shrub ornamental species, it ... READ MORE
The neotropical mosquito, Aedes scapularis, has a notable distribution range, spanning from Texas to areas of South America and across much of the Caribbean. The larva of this species was actually first discovered in Monroe County Florida, in ... READ MORE
Other common names: Roundleaf Chaste tree, Chasteberry, Monk’s Pepper
Florida beach goers, have you strolled alongside coastal dune areas and seen this attractive, vining plant? You may have witnessed the presence of beach vitex (Vitex ... READ MORE
Every year, over 30 million Christmas trees are grown and harvested across 350,000 acres in the U.S. In fact, Americans spent upward of $2.04 billion on Christmas trees in 2016 alone.
While purchasing a fresh, live tree this holiday season, ... READ MORE
Description and origin
Have you come across an 'earthworm' with an aggressive, wiggling behavior that left you curious? You may have encountered a jumping worm. Jumping worms are also known by several names, including Alabama jumper, crazy ... READ MORE
Did you know that Florida is the winter strawberry capital of the world? It’s true! In fact, Florida ranks second only to California as the nation’s largest producer of strawberries. Nearly 10,500 acres in Florida are currently dedicated ... READ MORE
Fall season in Florida is officially here! With this, many are enjoying increased outdoor activities brought about by the pleasant, cool temperatures such as camping, hiking, and gathering around a fire. To help protect our natural ecosystems, ... READ MORE
Poinsettias, Euphorbia pulcherrima, are beautiful, potted plants grown in large numbers during the holiday season. They generally begin blooming in late November, continuing to bloom throughout the month of December.
The conspicuously ... READ MORE
The snout scale (Fiorinia proboscidaria) has been reported as a potential new pest for commercial citrus crops in Florida. First detected in Hillsborough County in 2013, it has since been found on residential citrus in five other counties. Although ... READ MORE