The Magnolia is much more abundant here, forming groves and almost exclusively foresting pond edges and stream banks. The easy dignified simplicity of this noble tree, its plainness of leaf with most superb richness, its open branches festooned with graceful vines and tillandsia and lighted with crimson fruit or magnificent flowers, make Magnolia grandiflora the most lovable of Florida trees. Discovered a great many beautiful polygonums and petalostemons and leguminous yellow vines. Passed through fine sunny areas of the long-leafed and Cuban pine which were everywhere accompanied by splendid grasses and solidagoes. Wild orange groves are said to be common here. I have seen limes growing wild.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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