Herbarium

Coral ardisia fruit

Five Facts About Coral Ardisia (in Florida)

FIVE FACTS ABOUT… Coral Ardisia (in Florida) Scientific name: Ardisia crenata Fact 1: It’s a beautiful troublemaker Coral ardisia (Ardisia crenata) glossy ...
Air potato leaf.

Five Facts: Air Potatoes (in Florida)

Five Facts About... Air potatoes (in Florida) Scientific name: Dioscorea bulbifera This vine can be found in almost every county in Florida. Air potato...
Herbarium specimen sheets

What is a Herbarium?

Many folks seem to be under the mistaken impression that a herbarium is a place where herbs are grown. Herbarium specimen sheet, Sedum. Images by Florida Museum & University of Florida Herbarium Actually, it’s a collection of plant specime...
In “Wicked Plants: The Exhibit,” Doug Soltis reviews the interactive that highlights the danger of mistaking poison hemlock for carrots. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace

On the defense

Harmful plants have evolved to protect themselves from predators It’s one of society’s hotly debated questions: ketchup or mustard? For some, the harsh, aci...
Marc Frank, Extension Botanist, UF/IFAS Plant Identification and Information Service

Florida plant identification help

Need help identifying a plant? The Plant Identification and Information Service in the UF Herbarium (botany collection) may be able to help you! BUT … it’s not always easy or guaranteed. So here’s how you can get a plant identified and some tips t...
This image of Mallorn-trees in Lothlorien

Bringing hobbits to Gainesville

UF botanist’s new book to detail significance of plant life in Tolkien’s Middle-earth This image of Mallorn-trees in Lothlorien from Tolkien's "The Lord of th...
Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

9,700 acres tell stories of Florida’s past

The 9,700-acre Ordway-Swisher Biological Station is a near-pristine snapshot of pre-human Florida, with wetlands and uplands that include sand hills, swamps, marshes, hammocks and lakes. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Zach Guignardi I...