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“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Monday, November 21, 2011

Talk Latin to Me

I found it Susan and Christine!! The lost dichotomous guide for Cayo Costa. Many years ago I was lucky enough to participate in a two day plant class for the rangers of the island and nearby state parks. I relished every moment. ( still do)  The state botanist has long since retired but his work still lives on. Like the great Botanist Jonathan Kunkel Small. I look forward to exploring the island in December looking for plants that both botanists observed.


Susan said...

How awesome is that!! Christine and I were in the Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera (New Mexico) and they had a dichotomas guide to the plants growing in the caldera. Thought of you immediately. Looking forward to seeing you again during the first week of March!

christine said...

Woo Hoo, can't wait to explore again.

I think we need a Capt. Brian dichotomous guide.

Still have my Nicker beans, aka -
Caesalpinia bonduc

Found these fun facts about them....
Nicker bean seeds have been used over the centuries as jewelry, prayer beads, worry stones and good luck charms. In India, nicker beans have been used as standards of weight; in Africa, the ancient game of mancala traditionally used gray nicker bean seeds as game pieces.

Besides it cultural significance, the gray nicker bean seed and leaves have been roasted, boiled or ground to produce folk remedies for a wide variety of ailments, and have been shown to lower blood sugar. Nicker bean preparations have been used as diuretics, as controls for diabetes and hypertension, and to cure roundworm infections.

Nicker bean martini's anyone?