Swamp Titi

18 Nov

Swamp Titi (pronounced like bye-bye!) aka Leatherwood is a small tree found in wetland areas. This one was found at Lake Louisa State park near the big lake. It looked very similar to an oak tree at first – but covered in berries! The photo below shows the clusters of orange-ish berries – the flowers are white. The entire 25′ shrubby tree must’ve been a white cloud when it was in bloom. I’ll have to go back next summer to catch it in bloom.

 

Swamp Titi - Cyrilla racemiflora

 

 

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3 Responses to “Swamp Titi”

  1. Suwannee Refugee November 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    How do you identify all these plants?

  2. FlaScenics November 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    A lot of it is basic knowledge from growing up & always asking “what’s this?” – My grandmother gave me a book that was first printed in the 20’s “Florida Wildflowers” by Mary Francis Baker (Mine was a 1959 issue). I used to take clippings and dry them in the pages. I still have the book today! You can see a version online: http://www.archive.org/stream/floridawildflowe00bake#page/n7/mode/2up
    When I come across a new plant I’ve never seen – if it looks similar to another plant I know, I start with the Florida Plant Atlas. The Atlas is tricky – you have to know some basics to find your way to the correct plant. Then there is always the good old standby reference: The Guide to Florida Wildflowers by Walter Kingsley Taylor.

  3. Prem November 20, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    These are lovely to smell in the early evening into nighttime…

    —Prem

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