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Michael GueImportance of fire to ecosystems - Michael Gue and Maya Tupaj
May 2020 Presentation to the Dade Chapter The Everglades Fire Management members Michael Gue, Prescribed Fire Specialist, and Maya Tupaj, Fire Ecologist, discuss the important role fire plays in ecosystems like Everglades National Park and across the world, and give us a look into a new way of managing fire that can meet the challenges of the next century.

White indigoberry
White indigoberry

Featured Plant:

White indigoberry (Randia aculeata)

Shrub or a small tree, common in hammocks and pinelands, South Florida, West Indies, Mexico-South America. Branches often thorny. White flowers, white berry with indigo pulp. Great nectar plant for butterflies and other insects. Birds eat the fruit. Larval host for tantalus sphinx moths.

  • Use as accent shrub or in buffer plantings
  • Usually 6-8' tall, but extremely variable in size and shape. Can be pruned severely
  • Drought tolerant. Full sun/light shade
  • Grows in nutrient poor soil; needs some organic content to thrive

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