Five Facts

field of white clover

Five Facts: Clover in Florida

Five facts about... Clover in Florida Fact 1: There are a lot of clovers! Clovers are very attractive to a wide variety of pollinators. Florida Museum photo...
leaves and fruit of Hearts-a-bustin

Five Facts: Hearts-a-bustin’ in Florida

Five Facts About... Hearts-a-bustin’ in Florida Euonymus americanus (also called hearts-a-bustin') capsules open to reveal red seeds in Arlington National Ce...
limpkin in museum exhibit

Five Facts: Limpkins in Florida

Five Facts About… Limpkins in Florida Limpkins rely on apple snails for food and can be found in greater numbers where food is easily available. Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage Limpkins, Aramus guarauna, are medium-sized wading birds with lon...
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...
shark jaws display

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...