Tex-Mex tobacco

Key West Field Guide, vegetable

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia

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Nicotiana plumbaginifolia plant

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia flower

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia leaves

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia dried fruit on plant

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia fresh fruit

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia fruit (opened to show seed)

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia seed

Nicotiana plumbaginifolia seed

Nettleleaf Porterweed

Key West Field Guide, vegetable

Stachytarpheta cayennensis

Formerly known as Stachytarpheta urticifolia. Find more info here.

Stachytarpheta cayennensis flower flat front view

Stachytarpheta cayennensis flower side view

Stachytarpheta cayennensis leaves showing the “quilted” (bullate) appearance

Bitter melon

Key West Field Guide, vegetable

Momordica charantia

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Momordica charantia female flower

Momordica charantia new flower bud

Momordica charantia day old female flower

Momordica charantia leaf

Momordica charantia fruit with insect tunneling evidence

Momordica charantia fruit showing seeds

Momordica charantia empty fruit husk

Momordica charantia flowers


vegetable, vo•cab•u•lar•y

(adj.) growing in disturbed areas, on waste ground, or among rubbish

I live on a 2×4 mile chunk of dead coral that protrudes only 18 feet above the ocean. The cost of living is exorbitant and the competition for housing is fierce- for both people and plants. Many of our most common wildflowers aren’t much different than the humans in Key West- we both put a lot of creativity and effort into living in paradise.