THE FLORIDA STRANGLER

The Florida Strangler Plant

The Florida Strangler plant takes out the Florida Sabal Palm. Is it jealous of the Sabal Palm’s status as Florida’s state tree?

When I visited The Mound House at Fort Myers Beach, the naturalist introduced us to the Florida Strangler plant. I laughingly explained to her that we had already met. In fact, I had written a poem about the strange species a couple of years ago.

Here is an excerpt from my poem, “Lessons from a Plant”:

“…to top things off, I discovered a native plant here called the “Florida Strangler.”
Well, I read on Wikipedia that the Florida Strangler’s seed germinates
in the host plant then grows roots, strangles the host
and then becomes a “free standing” plant.
Talk about a rude guest!”

 

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