Hydrocotyle sp.

A few species of water pennywort, Hydrocotyle spp., are common in sunny ponds and sandy dunes around here. A colleague of mine, Heather Joesting, studies their ecophysiology, and if I remember, I’ll update this post with a species name. For now, we can enjoy the clear, ephemeral water and its flora.

Black Rush

Black rush, Juncus roemerianus, occurs in patches in the salt marshes surrounding Savannah. The patches stand slightly taller than the Smooth Cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora, making them visible from the edges of the marshes. This specimen sat in a patch above a channel at Skidaway.

Diamondback Terrapin

I found a Diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, outside of my apartment in May. Well… Amos really found her, but I made the catch and provided the identification.

She was likely gravid and was setting out to lay her eggs outside of the salt marsh adjacent to my apartment. While I prepared my camera, I placed her on the patio with Rocky, my Eastern Box Turtle, who promptly mounted the terrapin…

Saw Palmetto

Some flowering saw palmetto, Serenoa repens, at Skidaway Island State Park. This low-growing palm is often characterized by sharp, serrated edges along the stems of it’s leaves, and is common in the understory of oak-pine forests in and around Savannah and the rest of the South East.