Aug. 10, 2018

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Horsemint is an important part of the ecosystems of sandy habitats.  This shot was from beach dunes in Florida.  We often think of these areas as places for natural succession that will eventually be covered by a mature habitat like forest.  But some of them just persist if conditions are unstable enough. We need plants like horsemint to populate such places.  Horsemint is particularly good because it attracts another very critical part of the system - bugs.  It is indescriminately pollinated by a wide variety of insects.  And bugs feed birds and other creatures, and on and on we go.  Still looking for the horses.