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Blue Nile Waterlily, Nymphaea caerulea

The blue Nile waterlily, Nymphaea caerula, was sacred to ancient Egyptians. When the lily rose from the abyss and the flower opened, its petals revealed a sun god sitting it its gold heart. 17 more words

Ethnobotany

BUSHY BLUESTEM (Andropogon spp. likely glomeratus) GRASS

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BUSHY BLUESTEM (Andropogon spp. likely glomeratus)

Very tall, showy native bunch grass. Leave in place to dry over the winter as food for flocks of birds. 140 more words

Florida Native Plant

CHALKY BLUESTEM (Andropogon virginicus var. glaucus)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CHALKY BLUESTEM (Andropogon virginicus var. glaucus)

Native bunch grass. Interesting to watch the birds sway on the tall stems while dining on the seeds in late autumn and winter. 73 more words

Florida Native Plant

Squamish: the Land, the People, the Love

This September, I had the privilege of taking a class called “Squamish Nation Culture and Lifeways” with Leigh Joseph. Here are three things that stuck out to me (the lessons which continue to affect me even after finishing the class). 791 more words

Squamish

BULLTONGUE ARROWHEAD (Sagittaria lancifolia)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: BULLTONGUE ARROWHEAD (Sagittaria lancifolia)

Also called Duck Potato or Lance-leaved arrowhead. Emergent plant, perfect for water garden/pond.

“It was used traditionally by the Seminoles for treating shock following alligator bites” (source: … 38 more words

Florida Native Plant

Wendy Weissner: The Complexity of Complementary Medicine

We live in a culture that values evidence-based medicine—or scientific proof that a medicine works and is safe—and yet the holistic healing therapies that fall under the umbrella of “alternative and complementary medicine” are not capable of being adequately evaluated using existing biomedical research methods. 540 more words

Global Studies

Bignoniaceae, Parmentiera spp? - Jalisco, Mexico

This looks like a Parmentiera spp., of the Bignoniaceae family. Possibly Parmentiera aculeata? I took the photos last week in coastal Jalisco, Mexico. A guy I work with propagated a number of plants from seed he collected in his village. 37 more words

Photography