Wildflower Big Year 2013

Birders have a contest called “The Big Year”, which challenges them to identify the most different species of bird in one calendar year.  In 2011, there was a movie about The Big Year starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson.  The Big Year can be traced back to 1939, when a guy named Guy Emerson recorded 497 different bird species in North America.  In 2013, I decided to do a Big Year with wildflowers in Florida.

The following are all flowers I found and identified in 2013.  The entries are in chronological order, and  include only the new flowers I saw that day.  At the end is a gallery of all the flowers I couldn’t identify.

I used the photographs I took to develop an iPhone app called Flowerida.

(This post is a work in progress.  I still have many photos to upload, and if I can manage to identify a few more of flowers that I found, I can get my total for the year over 100)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Brooker Creek Preserve

1. Wild Bachelor’s Button

Polygala rugelii

Polygala rugelii

2. Goldenaster


Pityopsis graminifolia

3. Cowpea

Vigna Luteola

Vigna Luteola

4. Long-leaf Violet

Viola lanceolata

Viola lanceolata

5. Tickseed Sunflower

Bidens aristosa

Bidens aristosa

6. Rattlebox

Crotalaria spectabilis

Crotalaria spectabilis

7. Tickseed

Coreopsis leavenworthii

Coreopsis leavenworthii

8. Bushy Aster

Aster dumosus

Aster dumosus

9. Bantam Buttons

Eriocaulon decangulare

Eriocaulon decangulare

10. Water Primrose – Ludwigia spp.

11. Yellow wood sorrel – Oxalis stricta

12. Roserush – Lygodesmia aphylla

13. Hairy Indigo – Indigofera hirsuta

14. Innocence – Hedyotis procumbens

15. Lawn Orchid – Zeuxine strateumatica

16. Pineland Daisy – Chaptalia tormentosa

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Honeymoon Island State Park

17. Sand Blackberry – Rosaceae (Rose) Rubus cuneifolius

18. Spanish Needle*

19. Tread Softly – Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) Cnidosculus stimulosos

20. Sand Cherry – Solanaceae (Nightshade) Physalis walteri

21. Dollar-weed – Leguminosae (Pea) Rhynchosia reniformis

22. Lantana*

23. Prickly pear cactus

24. Rosary Pea

25. Poison Ivy

26. Partridge Pea

27. Sandweed

28. Toadflax

29. Salt marsh flea bane

30. Blue Lettuce – Lactuca graminifolia

31. Blue-eyed Grass – Iridaceae (Iris) Sisyrinchium angustifolium

32. Star Rush

33. Goldenrod

34. Beach Sunflower

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Brenda’s Island (a small spoil Island off the Dunedin Causeway)

35. Painted Leaf

36. Virginia Creeper

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Honeymoon Island State Park

37. Southern Guara – Guara angustifolia

38. Southern Fleabane. Erigeron quercifolius

39. Clustered Rock Rose

40. Saw Palmetto

41. Toadflax, Nuttalanthus canadensis

42. Nightshade

43. Seaside heliotrope. Heliotropium curassavicum

44. Sea purslane. Sesuvium portulacastrum

45. Beach Morning Glory

46. White Seaside Gentain

47. Seaside Gentain

48. Sand blackberry

49. Water pimpernel. Samolus ebracteatus

50. Sea Oxeye. Borrichea frutescens

51. Blue Eyed Grass

52. Beach Dune Sunflower

53. Giant ladies tresses. Spiranthes praecox

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Brooker Creek Preserve

54. Horrible Thistle

55. Buttonbush – Cephalanthus occidentalis

56. Saw Palmetto (flowering)

57. Bantam Buttons

58. Water Dropwort – Oxypolis filiformis

59. Passionflower – Passiflora incarnata

June 2, 2013

Chassahowitzka River

60. Coastal Rose Gentian – Sabatia calycina

61. Water Hemlock – Cicuta maculata

62. Swamp Lily – Crinum americanum

63. Arrowhead

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Little Manatee River State Park

64. Beard Tongue

65. St. Peter’s Wort

66. Narrow Leaved Sunflower

67. Blue Curls Trichostema dichotomum

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Honeymoon Island State Park

68. Spotted Bee Balm

69. Wild Balsam Apple

70. Tread Softly Cnidoscolus stimulosus

71. Erect Dayflower – Commelina erecta

72. Sea Lavender – Limonium Carolinianum

73. Railroad Vine – Ipomoea pes-caprae

74. Butterfly Pea

75. Beautyberry

76. Seashore Mallow – Kosteletzkya virginica

77. Seaside Gentian – Eustoma exultatum

Monday, September 2, 2013

Brooker Creek Preserve

78. Pale Meadow Beauty

79. Yellow Eyed Grass

80. Bladderpod – Sesbania vesicaria

81. Pickerelweed

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Conner Preserve

82. Creeping Cucumber – Melothria pendula

83. Bahama Senna

84. Narrow-Leaved Sabatia

85. Florida Elephant’s Foot – Elephantopus Elatus

86. Blackroot – Pterocaulon pychnostachium

87. Sweet Everlasting – Gnapholium obtusifolium

88. Common Blue Hearts – Buchnera americana

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

89. Catesby’s Lily

90. Large Flowered Sabatia – Sabatia grandiflora

91. Yellow Buttons – Baldunia angustifola

92. Asiatic Hawk’s Beard – Youngia japonica

93. Deer Tongue

94. Blazing Star


I guess it’s time to start blogging.

It’s 2013, and I’ve been working in the software industry for more than a decade–you’d think I would have my own site by now.  But every time I started to work up the motivation to actually do it, I remembered that the domain I wanted, ericzbeard.com, was taken.  Until now!  I just happened to check the domain today, and apparently whoever owned it before let the domain expire, so now it’s mine!

Why is that particular name so important?  I don’t know.  I just like having the ‘Z’ in there.  It’s how I sign my name.  It’s what I put in the signature line of my emails.  And it’s fairly unique – there aren’t too many ericzbeards out there (except that guy who sat on the domain name for all those years…).  I’m ‘ericzbeard’ at Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, Facebook, and many other places online.

So, here I am.  Eric Z. Beard.  A public web presence.  Hooray for me.

I can hear the crickets chirping already.