Friends of the Enchanted Forest
444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville Florida 32780
Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary
A small shrubby or low plant - small white flowers are reminescent of those seen on potato and tomato plants, since they are closely related. Solanaceae (nightshade) family.
One of the first showy, blooms in the early spring. Bright red spike of flowers usually precedes the leaves. Stems are thorny. The name coralbean refers to the beautifully colored seeds which become apparent when the seed pods split open. Fabaceae (pea or bean) family
Florida Elder -- Southern Elderberry
Large woody shrubs. Prominent ubiquitous display of small white rounded heads, up to 10 inches in diameter. Blooms throughout the Spring and early summer. Found outside and along the sides of the Forest entrance road. Black fruits (elderberries) in the Fall are excellent for making jellies, pies, and wine. Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle)
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Found throughout the state in both wooded and open areas. The heart shaped leaves serve to differentiate this from other native violets in Florida. Photographed in The hydric area in mid-May. Violaceae (Violet) family.
Following the blooming period in the late summer and fall, these attractive seed heads remain on the expired plants throughout the following season. The large green leaves of the current year's plants can always be found nearby. Asteraceae (aster) family
Preponderant flowering plant in the high dry area on the North side of the Addison Canal. Found throughout most of the year. Asteraceae (aster) family.
|Indian Mustard or Leaf Mustard
Tall annual with brightly colored flowers that have a typical mustard configuration. After blooming in January, the flowers are followed by elongated fusiform seed pods (siliques), which remain as multiple rocket-like stalked extensions on the upper part of the lifeless dried plants. Striking appearance while in bloom along the first part of the Forest road. Brassicaceae (mustard) family.
Low creeping plants. The Small flowers have four white petals, with yellow colored central areas. Abundant along south edge of burn area. Rubiaceae (madder) family
|Jack-in the Pulpit
Found in early spring in the hydric (low wet) area. Without the flowers, the set of three shiny leaves resembles poison ivy. Like many closely related plants, its tissues contain sharp crystals of calcium oxalate (raphides), which, if ingested, produce a prolonged sensation of stinging and swelling of the mouth tissues. Araceae (arum) family
Common beautiful weedy annual. Blooms profusely along the entrance road and around the Welcome Desk, in January, and February. Its name is derived from the fact that the leaves comprising the basal rosette are that is, divided transversely into several lobes, the smallest at the base. Lamiaceae (mint) family.
|Prickly Pear Cactus
Spiny, oval flattened stems are tightly joined together at narrowed connection sites. The showy, flower is followed by an edible pulpy, reddish many seeded fruit. Found scattered throughout the Forest. Cactaceae (cactus) family.
Herbaceous to woody perennials. Found in and around swampy ditches where it often forms large thickets. Outside Forest entrance. Onagranaceae (evening primrose) family
The name of the plant refers to the moderately indelible orange-red juice in the berries, which are preceded by inconspicuous white Flowers. Seen in disturbed areas along the trails. Phytolaccaceae (pokeweed) family
Very, fragrant bell shaped flowers in April and May. Note the strong characteristic downturning of the leaf margins and the rusty, appearance of the stems. Ericaceae (heath) family.
|Seaside Ground Cherry
These beautiful little flowers are easy to muss, since they are always facing downward, close to the ground. Many nice plants seen and photographed in the burn area in March. A native plant. Solanaceae (nightshade) family
Upright plant with dandelion-like yellow flowers. Weakly spiny leaves. Found along the edge of the burn area, sporadically throughout the year. Asteraceae (aster or daisy) family.
Common ubiquitous weedy plant. It is usual not to have a complete set of ray florets, giving the flowers an asymmetrical or incomplete took. Bidens refers to the two pointed teeth on the seeds, which cause them to stick to clothing as "booby lice". Alba refers to the white floral petals. Found throughout the year along the Forest road, and in many disturbed areas. Asteraceae (aster or daisy) family.
Bright blue-violet colored flowers appear fresh and vigorous each morning, only to become wilted and dried by the afternoon. Found along the Forest road throughout the wet periods of the year. Commelinaceae (spiderwort or dayflower) family.
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