Up Close and Personal

A Day in the Carlton Reserve

Photos by Dave Cottrill

Differentiate Sabal palm (arrow stem) from saw palmetto (square stem)

The first blue flag irises and other early spring wildflowers

A photo gallery 

by Jean-Louis Dumaine

Take a "walk on the wildflower side" with Jean-Louis Dumaine, six months after the Memorial Day wildfire in the Carlton Reserve.

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Who knew?

The lowly palmetto (serenoa repens) may be as much as 10,000 years old!











 "Palmetto Issue"

Florida Native Plant Society

Vol. 33. no. 3 2016

"Age-old palms of Florida's Ancient Ridges"

Warren G. Abrahamson

"A Tale of Two Palmettos: the Foundation of Ecosystems"

Warren G. Abrahamson



Palmetto Issue 33.3 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 9.8 MB

Carlton Wildflower Gallery: can be viewed singly or as a slideshow.

Also view Drew Shell's Wildflower Gallery. He and and Julie Scherer are regular Carlton visitors who assist us locating and identifying new and invasive species and have obtained grants for us from Microsoft Corporation. 

Help us identify our native wildflowers: e-mail Sherm@carltonreserve.org if we've misidentified any of them.

pictured : Hibiscus, Swamp Rosemallow--Hibuscus moscheutos

President: Linda@carltonreserve.org


Treasurer: Dan@carltonreserve.org


Website & Info: Sherm@carltonreserve.org


Park Naturalist

 Meghan Harris Meyer 



Anyplace America.com

Link to searchable U.S. map resources with parks, trails, campgrounds, historical sites, marinas, etc.



Sarasota County

Field Guide

to Conservation Lands

(download 64pp. PDF)

Field Guide.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.8 MB



Friends of Carlton Reserve

is a chapter of  FOSCP   

not for profit corp.