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All Ablaze
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All Ablaze

Travelling around beautiful Bermuda in the summer months is made all the more stunning by the flowering of our royal poinciana trees. In full bloom in June and July, the sight of these trees ablaze in red can be breathtaking. It’s no wonder the poinciana is also called flame tree or flamboyant. The species was previously placed in the genus Poinciana, named for Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy, the seventeenth-century governor of Saint Kitts, which is why, we suppose, it’s…


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Where the Wild Things Are: 6 Plants to Forage and Enjoy

Bermuda is home to an array of plants bearing fruit and flowers that are edible and easy to find. Use our guide to discover and enjoy locally-growing flora in new and exciting ways. HIBISCUSThe garden hibiscus needs little introduction for…


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Male and Female Trees

Did you know that plants can be male or female, just like animals can? That’s right, though it seems foreign to us, all plants reproduce sexually – by the fusion of gametes. Some plants, like a hibiscus, have both male…


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Why is Bermuda’s Sand Pink?

Bermuda’s characteristic pink sand is all down to one little invertebrate – the red foram (Homotrema rubrum). Like many sea creatures found in Bermuda, such as sally lightfoot crabs and West Indian top shells, red foraminifera take in calcium carbonate…


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Field Notes: Royal Poinciana

One of the finest shade trees which has made its home in Bermuda is the Royal Poinciana, or “The Flame of the Forest.” Known, botanically, as Poinciana regia, and a native of Madagascar, it was probably introduced to Bermuda about…

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Wildlife 101: Whistling Frogs with Dr. Jamie Bacon

We're continuing our Wildlife 101 series with a look at the whistling frog. We spoke with Dr. Jamie Bacon of the Bermuda Zoological Society to find out what it is that makes the whistling frog so unique. What is the…