Plants in the Lagoon Trail Gardens

The lagoon trail gardens at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center include more than 150 different species of plants, eight of these are threatened species and five are endangered species.

A threatened species is one likely to become endangered. Threatened species in our gardens include Bahama Cassia (Senna mexicana), Blackbead (Pithecellobium keyense), Christmas Berry (Lycium carolinianum), Mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), Nightshade (Mullen) (Solanum donianum), Satinleaf (Chrysophyllum oliviforme), Shrubby False Buttonweed (Spermacoce verticillata), and Simpson's Stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans).

An endangered species is one in danger of becoming extinct. Endangered species in our gardens include Cardinal airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata), Peperomia (Peperomia obtusifolia), Redberry Stopper (Eugenia confusa), Thatch Palm (Thrinax radiata), and Wild Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum).

The table below lists gardens where particular plants are found. Click on the common name of each plant to see photographs and plant descriptions.

Disclaimer: Although plants are listed for particular gardens in the chart below, exact locations change because birds and wind distribute seeds, saltwater intrudes, and drought takes its toll. An additional disclaimer is that the original horticulture team that created these gardens, planted, weeded, mulched, and in other ways maintained these gardens, and updated this website are no longer working in this capacity. As a result, many changes to the location of the listed plants is to be expected.

All photographs were taken by Susan Snyder, Roz Katz, and Jo Dingler... volunteers at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Common Name Scientific Name Gardens
Air Potato *
Dioscorea bulbifera
throughout treetops
Anglepod Blue Flag
Iris hexagona
10, 13
Arrowleaf Sida
Sida rhombifolia
 
Bahama Cassia*
Senna mexicana
2, 4, 6
Basket Grass
Oplismenus hirtellus
1, 3, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14
Beach/Dune Sunflower
Helianthus debilis
12
Beauty Berry
Callicarpa americana
1, 5, 7, 11
Bird Pepper
Capsicum annuum
 
Blackbead *
Pithecellobium keyense
1
Black Mangrove
Avicennia germinans
14
Bladdermallow
Herissantia crispa
12
Blazing Star
Liatris chapmanii
12
Bloodberry
Cordia globosa
 
Blue Butterfly Bush
Clerodendrum ugandense
11
Blue Mist (Ageratum)
Conoclinium coelestinum
1
Blue Sage
Salvia azurea
 
Bushy Aster
Aster dumosus
6
Buttonbush
Cephalanthus occidentalis
 
Buttonwood Tree
Conocarpus erectus
3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15
Cabbage Palm
Sabal palmetto
2, 3, 8, 13, 14, 15
Caesar Weed
Urena lobata
 
Candlestick Bush
Senna alata
 
Cardinal Airplant **
Tillandsia fasciculata
13
Carolina Jessamine
Gelsemium sempervirens
12
Catclaw
Pithecellobium unguis-cati
1, 5
Christmas Berry *
Lycium carolinianum
6
Climbing Aster
Aster carolinianus
2, 9
Coconut Palm
Cocos nucifera
15
Coco Plum
Chrysobalanus icaco
1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15
Coffee Colubrina
Colubrina arborescens
7
Coin Vine
Dalbergia ecastaphyllum
1, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
Common Beggar-Ticks
Bidens alba
throughout gardens
Confederate Jasmine
Trachelospermum jasminoides
1
Coontie
Zamia pumila
6
Coral Bean
Erythrina herbacea
2, 5
Coral Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens
11
Corchorus
Corchorus siliquosus
 
Corky-Stem Passion Vine
Passiflora suberosa
1, 6, 13
Crimson Dicliptera
Dicliptera assurgens
2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Crossvine (Trumpet Flower)
Bignonia capreolata
1
Devil's Backbone **
Kalanchoe daigremontiana
throughout gardens
Dog Fennel
Eupatorium capillifolium
 
Dwarf Allamanda
Allamanda cathartica
11
Dwarf Palmetto
Sabal minor
5, 15
Dwarf Powderpuff
Calliandra emarginata
11
Dwarf Yaupon Holly
Ilex vomitoria
1, 5, 13
Elderberry
Sambucus canadensis
1, 2
Evening Primrose
Oenothera speciosa
 
Fakahatchee Grass
Tripsacum dactyloides
13
False Willow
Baccharis angustifolia
9, 10
Fiddlewood
Citharexylum spinosum
2
Firebush (Bahama)
Hamelia cuprea
 
Firebush (Dwarf)
Hamelia parens var. glabra
5, 9
Firebush (Firefly)
Hamelia patens
1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11
Firebush (Naples Butterfly)
Hamelia patens X cuprea
10
Firecracker Plant
Russelia equisetiformis
11
Firespike
Odontonema strictum
1, 11
Florida Canna
Canna flaccida
13
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia pulchella
1, 8, 9, 11, 12
Geiger Tree
Cordia sebestena
15
Glaucous Cassia
Cassia surattensis
4
Golden Creeper
Ernodea littoralis
9
Golden Dewdrop
Duranta erecta
1
Golden Polypody Fern
Phlebodium aureum
2
Green Shrimp Plant
Blechum pyramidatum
 
Gumbo Limbo
Bursera simaruba
1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
Hairypod Cowpea
Vigna luteoa
10
Galactia elliotti
 
Hercules Club
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis
 
Horsemint
Monarda punctata
 
Iresine (Bloodleaf)
Iresine diffusa
6, 10, 11
Jamaica Caper
Capparis cynophallophora
1, 14
Jamaica Dogwood
Piscidia piscipula
13
Jatropa
Jatropha integerrima
1, 4
Javanese Glorybower (Giant Salvia)
Clerodendrum speciosissimum
1
Lance-Leaved Arrowhead
Sagittaria lancifolia
 
Lancewood
Ocotea coriacea
 
Laurel Oak
Quercus laurifolia
1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14
Leather Fern
Acrostichum danaeifolium
2, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
Llima
Sida cordifolia
12
Limber Caper
Capparis flexuosa
13
Lion's Tail
Leonotis menthifolia
11
Live Oak
Quercus virginiana
7, 13
Mahogany *
Swietenia mahagoni
1, 6, 13
Mangrove Rubber Vine
Rhabdadenia biflora
3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15
Marlberry
Ardisia escallonioides
3
Mexican Bush Sage
Salvia leucantha
11
Mexican Flame Vine
Senecio confusus
1
Moon Vine
Ipomoea alba
 
Mulberry
Morus alba
6, 12
Muscadine Grape
Vitis rotundifolia
1, 7, 12, 15
Necklace Pod
Sophora tomentosa var. occidentalis
1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15
Necklace Pod (Native)
Sophora tomentosa var. truncata
12
Nightshade (Mullein) *
Solanum donianum
9, 13, 14
Pale Meadow Beauty
Rhexia mariana
 
Panicled Ticktrefoil
Desmodium paniculatum
5, 12, 15
Paradise Tree
Simarouba glauca
1, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13
Parakeetflower
Heliconia psittacorum
1, 11 , 12
Partridge Pea
Chamaecrista fasciculata
 
Passion Vine
Passiflora incense
8
Paurotis Palm
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
1
Pentas
Pentas lanceolata
1, 5
Peperomia **
Peperomia obtusifolia
14
Peppergrass
Lepidium virginicum
4, 11
Pigeon Plum
Coccoloba diversifolia
4
Pineland Hibiscus
Hibiscus aculeatus
8
Pipevine (Dutchman's Pipe)
Aristolochia trilobata
4
Pipevine (Pelican Flower)
Aristolochia ringens
9
Pitch Apple
Clusia rosea
14
Pluchea
Pluchea odorata
2
Pond Apple
Annona glabra
9, 10, 12, 13, 14
Pop Ash
Fraxinus caroliniana
6, 9, 10
Porterweed (Native)
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
1, 5, 12, 13
Porterweed (Old World)
Stachytarpheta cayennensis
1, 13
Portulaca (Redstem Purslane)
Portulaca rubricaulis
Thoughout gardens
Possum Grape
Cissus verticillata
 
Privet Senna
Senna ligustrina
5, 7
Rain Lily
Zephyranthes atamasco
 
Red Bay
Persea borbonia
8
Redberry Stopper **
Eugenia confusa
1
Red Mangrove
Rhizophora mangle
7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
Red Maple
Acer rubrum
15
Red Shrimp Plant
Justicia brandegeana
4
Red Stopper
Eugenia rhombea
1
Rosary Pea**
Abrus precatorius
Treetops
Rouge Plant
Rivina humilis
1, 2
Royal Palm
Roystonea regia
4, 6, 13, 15
Saltbush
Baccharis halimifolia
9
Satinleaf *
Chrysophyllum oliviforme
7, 8
Saw Palmetto
Serenoa repens
1
Scarlet Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica
5, 8, 10, 11
Scarlet (Tropical) Sage
Salvia coccinea
1, 11
Scorpion Tail
Heliotropium angiospermum
1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,13
Sea Grape
Coccoloba uvifera
7, 12, 14, 15
Sea Oxeye Daisy
Borrichia frutescens
9, 10
Seaside Goldenrod
Solidago sempervirens
1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13
Sensitive Pea
Chamaecrista nictitans
 
Shoebutton Ardisia **
Ardisia elliptica
Throughout gardens
Shrubby False Buttonwood *
Spermacoce verticillata
3, 6, 9, 11
Simpson's Stopper *
Myrcianthes fragrans
2
Southern Red Cedar
Juniperus silicicola
1, 2
Spanish Bayonet
Yucca aloifolia
13
Spanish Stopper
Eugenia foetida
2
Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis
5, 7, 12
Squarestem
Melanthera nivea
8, 11
Staghorn Fern
Platycerium sp.
9, 15
Starry Rosinweed
Silphium asteriscus
5, 6
Strangler Fig
Ficus aurea
3, 4, 15
Sunshine Mimosa
Mimosa strigillosa
1, 4
Swamp Fern
Blechnum serrulatum
14
Swamp Lily
Crinum americanum
12, 13
Sweet Acacia
Acacia farnesiana
3, 6
Sweet Bay
Magnolia virginiana
9
Sword Fern
Nephrolepis sp.
2, 12
Tasselflower
Emilia fosbergii
Throughout gardens
Thatch Palm **
Thrinax radiata
1, 5
Tickseed
Coreopsis leavenworthii
10
Virginia Creeper
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
3, 5, 6, 12
Wax Myrtle
Myrica cerifera
 
Wedelia
Wedelia trilobata
8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
West Indian Lilac
Tetrazygia bicolor
 
White Indigo Berry
Randia aculeata
2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15
Whisk Fern
Psilotum nudum
15
White Mangrove
Laguncularia racemosa
2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
White Stopper
Eugenia axillaris
1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15
Wild Allamanda
Pentalinon luteum
12
Wild Coffee (Bahamas) **
Psychotria liguistrifolia
1
Wild Coffee (Satin Leaf)
Psychotria sulzneri
7, 9, 11, 15
Wild Coffee (Shiny Leaf)
Psychotria nervosa
1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15
Wild Cotton **
Gossypium hirsutum
10,13
Wild Lantana
Lantana involucrata
1, 12
Wild Lime
Zanthoxylum fagara
3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Wild Petunia
Ruellia caroliniensis
6, 7, 11
Wild Plumbago
Plumbago scandens
2, 6, 8
Wild Poinsettia (Painted Leaf)
Poinsettia cyathophora
11, 12
Wireweed
Sida acuta
 
Yellow Alder
Turnera ulmifolia
6, 7, 11, 12
Yellow Tops
Flaveria linearis
 
* Threatened Species
* Invasive Species: Remove tuber & potatoes
 
** Endangered Species
**Invasive Species: Remove by roots
 

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