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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018

Location: Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Palm Bay

This is known as Love Vine.
It’s a parasite that grows on a host
Although it produces its own chlorophyll,
It steals other nutrients it can’t produce on it’s own.

Although it can be invasive,
In a strange twist of irony,
When combined with a moth, it can be used
To control Brazilian Pepper trees.

(Special thanks to Carol Hebert for her help identifying this plant.)

Sources: Wild South Florida - Naturally Wild - Love Vine

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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