Herbarium

Chinese wisteria

Five Facts: Wisteria in Florida

Five facts about… Wisteria in Florida Wisteria has become somewhat iconic in lush gardens in the Southeastern United States. In the spring, it’s easy to locat...
Coral ardisia fruit

Five Facts About Coral Ardisia in Florida

Five Facts About... Coral Ardisia (in Florida) Scientific name: Ardisia crenata 1: It’s a beautiful troublemaker Coral ardisia (Ardisia crenata) glossy foliage. Florida Museum photo by Marc Frank Coral Ardisia was first offered at a commercia...
Air potato leaf.

Five Facts: Air Potatoes in Florida

Five Facts About... Air potatoes (in Florida) Scientific name: Dioscorea bulbifera This vine can be found in nearly every county in Florida. Air potato...
Herbarium specimen sheets

What is a Herbarium?

Many folks seem to be under the mistaken impression that a herbarium is a place where herbs are grown. Herbarium specimen sheet, Sedum. Images by Florida Mu...
Matthew Smith holding fungus

Two new fungi phyla considered ‘discovery of a lifetime’

Syncephalis plumigaleata, a Zoopagomycota fungi, grows on sterilized beef in a petri dish. Photo courtesy of the Zygolife Research Consortium Walking along the shore of Lake Alice on the University of Florida campus, one may easily notice a varie...
In “Wicked Plants: The Exhibit,” Doug Soltis reviews the interactive that highlights the danger of mistaking poison hemlock for carrots. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace

On the defense

Harmful plants have evolved to protect themselves from predators It’s one of society’s hotly debated questions: ketchup or mustard? For some, the harsh, aci...
This image of Mallorn-trees in Lothlorien

Bringing hobbits to Gainesville

UF botanist’s new book to detail significance of plant life in Tolkien’s Middle-earth This image of Mallorn-trees in Lothlorien from Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" has been proposed as the cover for Judd's upcoming book. Illustration courtesy of...