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Ignoble Invasives

Gardeners and conservationists have been noticing a growing problem in Bermuda—the spread of the accidentally introduced invasive balloon vine (Cardiospermum grandiflorum) which is scrambling its insidious way across the island, from Wreck Road in Sandys to Paget Marsh, from Orange Valley in Devonshire to Spittal Pond in Smiths. Its woody, impenetrable webs can be seen choking cedars along the roadside in Paget and smothering a viburnum hedge south of the Trimingham Hill roundabout. Of course the problem of invasive plants…


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Field Notes: The India-Rubber Tree

Of the introduced trees, which have found Bermuda to be an ideal environment, the India-rubber tree is undoubtedly the most conspicuous and probably commands more attention than most of the others. The gigantic limbs, the large leaves and the amazing…


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Field Notes: The Calla Lily

The Calla Lily of horticulturalists and the so-called Calla Lily of gardens is known botanically as Zantedeschia aethiopica. Originally this plant was named Calla aethiopica, later on its name was changed to Richardia Africana, but it was discovered by further…


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A Walk on Cooper’s Island

Clearwater Beach and Turtle Bay, part of Clearwater Beach Park, can be reached by motorised traffic (St David’s bus No 6). Once you reach the last car park opposite Turtle Bay, you will see the old gate that marked the…


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Field Notes: The Palmetto

Amongst the seventeen endemic plants of Bermuda, is one palm, Sabal bermudana, popularly known as the palmetto. This palm has undoubtedly figured in Bermuda literature as frequently as the native cedar. May writers have told of the various uses to…

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Field Notes: Allspice

A small slender evergreen tree dominating the hillsides in Warwick is the Allspice or Pimento, known botanically as Pimenta officinalis. This tree is a native of West Indies, more particularly of Jamaica and Cuba, but has become naturalized in Bermuda.…