The American persimmon
(Diospyros virginiana) trees around here produced a large crop this year. The birds and other wildlife love these things - I'm going to try and get one to taste this year! Click here to download a large version (800x600) to decorate your desktop.
Another American native (to the southeastern USA), dahoon holly /(Ilex cassine) is a small tree whose berries are just beginning to ripen. There is a dahoon growing by my pond that becomes a popular bird hangout in winter when the berries are ripe and ready. Click to download a large version (800x600) of these beautiful berries for your desktop.
The showy fruits on the firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) shrub in my yard down in North Florida begin to ripen at this time of year. Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this image to display on your computer desktop.
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Mo‘omomi Dunes, Moloka‘i
Although one of the smaller of the Hawaiian Islands, Moloka‘i incorporates a rural life style all but vanished from the larger islands and a quiet beauty of its own. Its nickname, The Friendly Isle, could not be more apt. Click here for a botanical tour of this uniquely beautiful island.
Other articles by Bruce include:
Dubautia — A Study in Diversity
Hawaiian Sandalwood - A Shameful History
Rare Delights of Hawaii
The familiar annual sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are finishing up the season and the neighborhood birds are feasting on the immature seedheads. Click to download a large version.
Beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) is a low-growing species that scrambles across beaches and dunes from Texas to the east coast of Florida.
Jerusalem Artichoke, also known as sunchoke, (Helianthus tuberosus) is another sunflower relative that produces edible white tubers. Click to download a large version.