Richardia grandiflora (A Useful Weed)

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Largeflower Mexican clover is an exotic species that is here to stay in South Florida. However, unlike many invasives, this pretty little plant has several redeeming qualities. It grows happily on damaged, drought stricken ground...including hopelessly dead lawns of exotic grass. It blooms profusely. Many species of insects including honey bees, native bees and butterflies love it's nectar. Recently, I observed a gopher tortoise at Juno Dunes enthusiastically eating both the flowers and leaves of this plant. I hope officials take that into consideration before spraying these with herbicide in tortoise country! Here is a short video I made of the tortoise eating:
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(The growl was added....tortoises don't growl ;-)

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  1. Krasne oci 36 months ago | reply

    Very pretty, Bob. Good job.

  2. Simon Saint 36 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colour Bob

  3. Cassiopée2010 36 months ago | reply

    ooh ! magnifique !

  4. Kam Hong Leung 36 months ago | reply

    Bob : BEAUTIFUL! I hope you are well and will have a good new week ahead

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    A wonderful capture !!!

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  12. geebeezz 36 months ago | reply

    Unusual bloom wonder if it will get our side, nice.

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  13. robchopper 36 months ago | reply

    Good info and great shot!

  14. Just Louise 36 months ago | reply

    How did you know pink is my favorite color? Just an excellent shot my friend.. Well done.

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  16. banewood54 35 months ago | reply

    Excellent focus.

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