Monday, May 12, 2008

Anegada Flora and Fauna

This post is part of my "Islands A-Z" series. You can read more about Anegada B.V. I. here.

Today I'm going to share some of the plants I read about that can be found on Anegada, B.V. I. Enjoy!

Sea Grape Trees: grows well in sandy areas; fruit can be used in jams and jellies. In fact, here's a recipe for Sea Grape Jelly you can try!

photo courtesy of Trade Winds Fruit

Bay Lavender: Also known as Sea Lavender.

photo courtesy of Killer Plants

Wild Orchids:
Photo courtesy of Cow Wreck Beach Resort

Loblolly Trees:
Photo courtesy of Antigua Museums

Wild Sage:
photo courtesy of Sean Carrington @ Plants of the Eastern Caribbean

Gumbo Limbo:
photo courtesy of wikipedia

Frangipani: Also known as plumeria...and smells very nice! Frangipani was actually an Italian perfume that was used to scent gloves in the 16th century. When people smelled the scent of this flower, it reminded them of the perfume and that's how it got it's name! source: hubpage

photo courtesy of Cow Wreck Beach Resort

Poke-Me-Boy: Endangered and grows only on a small patch of limestone on the island. I couldn't find a photo but there is more info here.

Yellow Century Plant: This is very neat plant...it looks like an aloe but it's really more like a cactus. After about 20 years of growing, it will shoot out a stalk that grows around 8" a day! When it reaches a certain height, it starts to blossom with yellow flowers.

photo courtesy of St. John Beach Guide

Of course, these are just a few of the plants found on Anegada, B.V. I. I'm sure there's even much more in the "Outback". I think my favorite would be the Yellow Century Plant...that one is just completely cool!! Tomorrow I'll post about some of the animals found on this island...

1 comment:

Nodin's Nest said...

We use to eat seagrapes in the Bahamas and the jelly is great on toast!