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skunkvine infestation

Five Facts: Skunkvine in Florida

Five facts about... Skunkvine in Florida Skunkvine, Paederia foetida, is an aggressive, twining vine in the coffee family, or Rubiaceae. Plants produce multip...
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Five Facts: Megalodon

Five facts about… Megalodon Carcharocles megalodon, often just called megalodon, was the largest shark to ever live in our oceans. But what do we know about m...
These potatoes, a stem tuberous geophyte, were found in a grocery store in Harare, Zimbabwe, where they were being sold by the kilogram. Florida Museum photo by Cody Coyotee Howard

Five Facts: Geophytes

Five Facts About… Geophytes Every day, without even realizing it, you come into contact with geophytes. By just walking around the grocery store you pass by dozens of these plants — from onions to potatoes to ginger to carrots. But what exactly is ...
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...
Big brown bat colony

Five Facts: Bats in Florida

Five Facts About… Bats in Florida First of all, there are no vampire bats in Florida! And bats are not rodents. They are in their own order, Chiroptera, which...
Walking catfish face

Five Facts: Walking Catfish in Florida

Five Facts About… Walking Catfish in Florida Walking catfish. Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey The Walking Catfish (Clarias batrachus) is a species of freshwater fish native to Southeast Asia. In Florida, they grow to about 20 inches long ...
sawfish in the wild

Five Facts: Sawfishes in Florida

Five Facts About... Sawfishes in Florida Sawfishes live in coastal tropical and subtropical waters, including estuaries and river systems. Once ranging from N...
fossil shark teeth

Five Facts: Fossil Shark Teeth in Florida

Five Facts About... Fossil Shark Teeth Hunting in Florida Whether you're a casual seeker or a passionate paleontologist, living in Florida puts a treasure tro...
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...
Barnacle on whale

Five Facts: Barnacles

Five Facts About... Barnacles! Scientific name: Cirripedia (Infraorder) These barnacles are attached to the ventral pleats of a humpback whale calf. Photo...