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Barrier Island Wildlife in the Florida Panhandle; Part 5 The Dunes

Rick O'ConnorJanuary 5th, 2023The dune fields of the panhandle barrier islands closely mimic those in the deserts of the American southwest.  With rolling hills of sand (less the rock), small, spaced shrubs, and high temperatures, hiking through the dunes reminds me a lot of hiking the deserts and canyonlands out west.  Oh… and you rarely see wildlife in […]

Beach Vitex officially declared a State Noxious Weed

Heather KalamanDecember 18th, 2020Other common names: Roundleaf Chaste tree, Chasteberry, Monk’s Pepper Florida beach goers, have you strolled alongside coastal dune areas and seen this attractive, vining plant? You may have witnessed the presence of beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia). This invasive, noxious weed is native to Asia and parts of Oceania and was first introduced to the southeastern […]

Beach Vitex… Is It a Growing Problem?

Rick O'ConnorJuly 20th, 2013It’s actually a pretty plant, this Beach Vitex (Vitex rotundifolia), and it is very good at stabilizing eroding dunes. In the 1990’s, the state of South Carolina planted this shrub to help restore dunes lost during hurricanes. It was selected because of salt tolerance, production of woody rhizomes (runners) that extend over 60 feet […]

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