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Alex Abair

I work on molecular systematics of plants. Always looking for new species to stare at. WI➡️OR➡️NM➡️FL

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Rochelle, Florida

I was looking for a plant species in a baldcypress swamp, and I saw what looked like an open clam shell moving around. I bent down to look at it and saw it was actually the open mouth of this unidentified snake (possibly a cottonmouth?). It was pretty cute once it relaxed and slithered away, but it was too fast to photograph.

Gainesville, Florida

Bomb ass free wild passionfruit! Like sour candy. Does anyone know where to find pawpaw around northern Florida? I've never had it, and I really want to try it.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

🔊 This ginger allegedly makes great shampoo and insect repellent. It smells amazing. Anyone know the species?


Hiked around a bit before the hurricane/tropical storm hits. I hope these little buddies fare well over the next week.

Gainesville, Florida

I cannot believe I found this in the wild. (Passiflora incarnata)

Tiny chanterelles. It's exciting to be around fungi again.

Sweetwater Preserve

Flower to mature fruit on a single shoot. American beautyberry is everywhere around here! One of the oddball mint species. (Callicarpa americana)

Tickfaw State Park

An unplanned hike at Tickfaw State Park ended in a spotting of an unidentified Passiflora. (Edit: Looks like it's Passiflora lutea)

Broad Canyon

I suppose it wouldn't feel right to leave New Mexico without being threatened one last time by a rattlesnake. I yelled when I saw this one. They never fail to scare the shit out of me. On another note, does anyone know how to upload videos to Instagram from Samsung phone videos without having the quality drastically reduced?

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

A pack of javalinas wandered through the conference venue this morning. Can you spot the baby? Apologies for the shaky cam.

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

I've had some fun exploring Tuscon's flora while trying not to die of heat exhaustion. If you're at the Botany Conference on Wednesday and want to hear about Leucaena (Fabaceae) phylotranscriptomics, come on over to my talk.

I had to escort this smiling gecko out of my bedroom just now. It can hang out with the box turtle that's been showing up at my bedroom screen door at 6am a couple days this week.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Can someone please tell me who to call!? This 5'×20'×2' tank is full of tar, and it's leaking into the desert. Animals are dying in it, and it smells terribly of petrochemicals. I'm a little upset right now.

Las Uvas Number Five Dam

These edible honey mesquite pods taste EXACTLY like a strawberry-banana smoothie! The green pods are super bitter though. (Prosopis glandulosa)

Las Cruces, New Mexico

I was excited to meet Vitex agnus-castus when I first moved to NM. It grows a lot like cannabis in many ways. It's nearly as smelly, but sort of sage-like rather than skunky. I grew this one from seed provided by @the_urban_botanist .

Jemez Springs, New Mexico

I found my all-time favorite plant in northern New Mexico. This was the most colorful population I've ever seen! If you're familiar with Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia, maybe the colors on the calyx will be impressive.

Jemez Mountains

Wild strawberries from the Jemez Mountains. (Fragaria sp.)

Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area

See the second photo for sotol Cheetos. (Dasylirion wheeleri)

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