Trout Lake Nature Center on the northern edge of Eustis is a 230-acre wildlife preserve dedicated to increasing environmental awareness and education in the Lake County community. The center has a 1,000-foot boardwalk extending into Trout Lake, interpretive trails, a museum/classroom center (Charles Newell Hall) and an environmental-education center that houses a meeting room, library and gift shop.
Retired botanist Barbara Grigg led a recent walk and talk on plant fruits at the center. Grigg explained to the curious how in the naturalist world, a fruit is a plant’s seed container. There are many reasons to learn about fruits. They have interesting names, from "berry" to "samara." Their adaptations help plants travel to a new place to grow. Recognizing fruit shape can help identify wildflowers when they are not in bloom. And understanding fruits and seeds can help with propagation success.
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