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Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

Osmia (Melanosmia) calaminthae, known only from Highlands County, Florida, in sandy scrub at the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge. This habitat houses many Florida endemic plants and animals, including bees  Osmia calaminthae is apparently a floral specialist on Calamintha ashei (Weath.) Shinners (Lamiaceae), Ashe’s Calamint, a threatened woody mint found in sand pine/scrub habitat in the Florida central highlands and southeastern Georgia. The new species was discovered in 2002

Osmia species (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae) from the southeastern United States with modified facial hairs: taxonomy, host plants, and conservation status

Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

Scrub Palmetto (Sabal etonia)  Summary: flowers in spring-summer; small, black berries in summer-fall; long-lived (likely over 100 years); tolerates hot, dry conditions; endemic to central Florida sand scrub; difficult to transplant

Scrub Palmetto (Sabal etonia) Summary: flowers in spring-summer; small, black berries in summer-fall; long-lived (likely over 100 years); endemic to central Florida sand scrub; difficult to transplant

Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

Scrubs, Sands, Florida, Beaches

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