Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Beach Plants Stabilize the Dunes

Our friend Wayne has been at it again with his new camera. His most recent trip was to Ft. Pierce Inlet, and that is where he captured this lovely photo of a baybean plant, Canavalia rosea. In our Florida Beach Basics - The Space Coast DVD, we talk about the importance of beach plants in stabilizing the dunes. The baybean is one such stabilizer. It is also known as the beach bean or the beach pea, and it can be found on sandy beaches, dunes, and coastal scrub. (Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge it - this is a little plant you might easily overlook, but its beauty comes out in the closeup view, even if something has taken a bite out of one of the petals!) (Photo courtesy of Wayne Matchett)

The baybean plant produces this sea-bean described in the DVD. We suggest that you leave baybean seeds on the beach so that they can grow into plants and help hold the dunes together.
(Photo by Matt MacQueen)

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