The Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve

Dr. Richard Wunderlin & Members of the Suncoast Native Plant Society identified over 120 plant species on the Gibbon's preserve in 2005.

Scientific Name Common Name  
Acer rubrum
Red maple

White fringetree or Old man’s beard (Chionanthus virginicus) glimmers in the woods in early spring.

Amorpha fruiticosa
Bastard or False indigobush
Ampelopsis arborea
Peppervine
Apios americana
Groundnut
Asimina reticulata
Netted pawpaw
Baccharis hamilifolia
Groundsel tree
Bidens alba var. radiata
Beggarticks
Boehmeria cylindrica
False nettle
Callicarpa americana
American beautyberry
Campsis radicans
Trumpet creeper
Carex gigantea
Giant sedge
Carpinus caroliniana
American hornbeam
Carya glabra
Pignut hickory
 
Celtis laevigata
Sugarberry
 
Centella asiatica
Spadeleaf
 
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Common buttonbush
 
Citrus x aurantium
Sour orange
 
Chapmannia floridana
Florida alicia

Pignut hickory (Carya glabra) is an important food source for wildlife.

Chenopodium ambrosioides
Mexican tea
Chionanthus virginicus
White fringetree; Old man’s beard
Clematis crispa
Swamp leatherflower
Commelina diffusa
Common dayflower
Coreopsis leavenworthii
Leavenworth’s tickseed
Cynanchum angustifolium
Swallowwort
Cynodon dactylon
Bermudagrass
Dichanthelium commutatum
Cypress witchgrass
Dichondra carolinensis
Carolina ponysfoot
Diospyros virginiana
Common persimmon
 
Dyschoriste humistrata
Swamp twinflower
 
Elephantopus elatus
Tall elephantsfoot
 
Emilia sonchifolia
Lilac tassleflower
 
* Encyclia tampensis
Florida butterfly orchid
 
* Epidendrum conopseum
Greenfly orchid

Bastard or False indigobush (Amorpha fruiticosa) is a great favorite with butterflies.

Erechitites hieraciifolius
American burnweed; Fireweed
Erigeron quercifolius
Oakleaf fleabane
Eupatorium capillifolium
Dogfennel
Galactia elliottii
Elliott’s milkpea
Gelsemium sempervirens
Yellow jessamine; Carolina jessamine
Gomphrena serrata
Arrasa con todo
Hymenocallis latifolia
Mangrove spiderlily; Perfumed spiderlily
? Hypoxis juncea
Fringed yellow stargrass
Hyptis verticillata
John Charles
Imperata cylindrica
Cogongrass
 
Iris hexigona
Dixie iris; Praire iris
 
Itea virginica
Virginia willow
 
Juniperus virginiana
Red cedar
 
Lactuca floridana
Woodland lettuce
 
Lantana camara
Lantana; Shrubverbena
 
Liquidambar styraciflua
Sweetgum

Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), grace the property's hammocks.

Ludwigia peruviana
Peruvian primrosewillow
Lygodium japonicum
Japanese climbing fern
Lyonia ferruginea
Rusty staggerbush
Magnolia grandiflora
Southern magnolia
Magnolia virginiana
Sweetbay
Melothria pendula
Creeping cucumber
Mimosa quadrivalvis var. angustata
Sensitive brier
Mitchella repens
Partridgeberry; Twinberry
Morus rubra
Red mulberry
Myrica certifera
Wax myrtle
Nephrolepis exaltata
Sword fern; Wild Boston fern
Osmanthus americanus
Wild olive
 
Osmunda cinnamomea
Cinnamon fern
 
Oxalis corniculata
Creeping woodsorrel
 
Oxalis debilis var corymbosa
Pink woodsorrel
 
Parietaria praetermissa
Clustered pellitory; Mexican palo verde
 
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Virginia creeper

Resurrection fern (Pleopeltis polyoidiodes), responds quickly to rain.

Passiflora incarnata
Purple passionflower
Persea borbonia
Red bay
Phlox pilosa (on site?)
Downy phlox
Physostegia leptophylla
Slenderleaf false dragonhead
Pinus clausa
Sand pine
Pinus elliottii
Slash pine
Pleopeltis polyoidiodes var. michauxiana
Resurrection fern
Prunus caroliniana
Carolina laurelcherry
Psychotria nervosa
Wild coffee
Pteridium aquilinum
Bracken fern
Pterocaulon pycnostachyum
Blackroot
Quercus chapmanii
Chapman’s oak
 
Quercus laurifolia
Laurel oak; Diamond oak
 
Quercus nigra
Water oak
 
Quercus virginiana
Live oak
 
Rhododendron viscosum
Swamp azalea
 
Rhus copallinum
Winged sumac
 
Rhynchospora megalocarpa
Sandyfield beaksedge
 
Rubus argutus
Sawtooth blackberry
 
Sabal palmetto
Cabbage palm
 
Sacciolepis indica
Indian cupscale

Sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) our largest blueberry, is a shrub or
small tree of the uplands covered with white bells in spring.

Salix caroliniana
Carolina willow
Bambucus nigra subsp. Canadensis
American elder; Elderberry
Sanicula canadensis
Canadian blacksnakeroot
Saurus cernuus
Lizard’s tail
Scleria ssp.
Nutrush
Scoparia dulcis
Sweetbroom
Serenoa repens
Saw palmetto
Sesbania herbacea
Danglepod
Sida rhombifolia
Cuban jute; Indian hemp
Smilax auriculata
Earleaf greenbrier
Smilax bona-nox
Saw greenbrier
Smilax glauca
Cat greenbrier
Smilax pumila
Sarsparilla vine
Solanum capsicoides
Soda apple; Cockroachberry
 
Solidago odora var. chapmanii
Chapman’s goldenrod
 
Solidago sempervirens
Seaside goldenrod
 
Stachys floridana
Florida betony
 
Syagrus romanzoffiana
Queen palm
 
Taxodium distichum
Bald cypress
 
Tillandsia recurvata
Ballmoss
 
Tillandsia setacea
Southern needleleaf
 
Tillandsia simulata
Florida air plant
 
Tillandsia usneoides
Spanish moss
 
Typha domingensis
Southern cattail

Fringed Yellow Star-Grass (Hypoxis juncea) is an uncommon find in
dryer open areas.

Urena lobata
Caesarweed
Vaccinium arboreum
Sparkleberry
Vaccinium stamineum
Deerberry
Verbena brasiliensis
Brazilian vervain
Vernonia gigantea
Giant ironweed
Viburnum obovatum
Walter’s viburnum
Vicia acutifolia
Fourleaf vetch
Viola primulafolia
Primroseleaf violet
Viola sororia
Common blue violet
Vitis rotundifolia
Muscadine grape
Ximenia americana
Tallow wood; hog plum
Yucca filamentosa
Adam’s needle
? - Most likely species    
* - As these are epiphytic orchids, these were not confirmed.