Gopher for/from Ken

!!!!gopher tortoise 2016 by ken gonyo

Ken Gonyo (Class of 2012) shared this photo of a gopher tortoise at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area on the north side of Oslo Road. Dr. Jon Moore on 1/23/2016 spoke of the few gopher tortoises at the Oslo Riverfton Conservtaion Area as a “relic” population as habitat change wrought by the suppression of fire has dramatically altered the terrain.

Note the young hammock plants in the right foreground — myrsine (Myrsine cubana) and soft-leaved wild coffee (Psychotria sulzneri).

Myrsine seedlings are quite ubiquitous along hammock edges these days, including along the trail near the Boathouse at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, shown in a photo taken on 1/19/2016 …

!!!!myrsine

Soft-leaved wild coffee in far less common than shiny-leaved wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) with its deeply veined, which is shown growing with myrsine in the photo above. Soft-leaved wild coffee tends to grow in moister and shadier places; Its leaves have a decidedly different texture/venation and appear to be almost iridescent …

!psychotria-sulzneri-flowers-closeup

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