Psychotria nervosa, a Florida native shrub, blooms usually in spring and summer and fruits in winter. The wild coffee bush has red berries from about December to March. In addition to it’s beauty, the plant attracts wildlife including cardinals, mockingbirds, catbirds and spicebush swallowtail butterflies.
I stopped to take a water break and admire the robust, tall slash pines, some taller than 100 feet. South Florida slash pines are not normally this thick in scrub habitat. The land that is now Seacrest Scrub Natural Area was cleared in the 1920s for the growing of pineapples, and after the land was no longer farmed, the slash pines started to take over the thinner and shorter sand pines’ territory. As I took in the large pines, I looked up and saw an Osprey nearly directly above where I stood.