This blog is about the flora and fauna found on Barbados, both indigenous and "imported". Flower plants, trees, shrubs, weeds, insects, lizards, frogs, birds. Photos are included wherever possible with descriptions and personal insight.

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Latest Blog Posts for Barbados Flora & Fauna

  • Wild Tamarind
    on Mar 18, 2015
    As the name suggests, Wild Tamarind grows wild all over Barbados. The leaves look like those of a tamarind tree, and it produces bean-like seed pods - a lot less fleshy than those of a tamarind though. The flowers are pretty little white puff balls t...
  • Reef Life in Barbados
    on Feb 23, 2015
    When people think of Barbados, the first thing that comes to mind is not usually fabulous reefs and marine environments, however, there is a lot to look at and it’s improving all the time as steps are taken to preserve our reefs.I visited the Drill...
  • Seaside Plants & Trees in Barbados
    on Feb 19, 2015
    Being a small island, much of the vegetation that flourishes on Barbados has a bit of tolerance to salt as you can never be too far away from it. Visit any beach and mahoe trees, manchineel trees and seagrape trees are in abundance. On more arid and...
  • Asparagus Fern
    on Feb 4, 2015
    Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus) grows wild all over Barbados, particularly at higher, moister elevations, and with a bit of shade. It’s commonly used by florists in flower arrangements, so is in high demand.Asparagus fern has a very delicate st...
  • Shagga Crab
    on Jan 27, 2015
    I don’t know the real name for this crab, but I’ve grown up knowing it as a Shagga. It’s a saltwater crab found on rocks all around Barbados.As you can see from the photograph, the Shagga crab’s camouflage is outstanding. It’s easy to look...
  • Barbados Green Monkeys
    on Jan 22, 2015
    Saw this huge troop of Green Monkeys outside my back door a couple mornings ago. Don't think I've ever seen such a large troop, so it was pretty cool. Unfortunately they were too spread out for me to get a photo of the entire troop.There were lots of...
  • Seaside Morning Glory
    on Jan 15, 2015
    Seaside Morning Glory is a hardy vine that grows on the beach and other salty windswept environments all around Barbados, but particularly on the north, east and south-east coasts of the island. The vine grows very quickly and can overtake an area if...
  • Broad Leaf Thyme
    on Dec 18, 2014
    Broad Leaf Thyme is a herb that grows almost wild throughout Barbados. It is a favourite in local cooking, and is commonly known as “Poor Man’s Bacon” as in the old days, people would fry and eat it as you would bacon.As the name suggests, the...
  • Christmas Flowers Are Blooming
    on Dec 9, 2014
    It’s that time of year again when the flowers that come out at Christmastime are blooming.The bright yellow Christmas Candles have been flowering for a month or so already. They are in gardens plus they grown wild, particularly in the drier parishe...
    on Nov 28, 2014
    Wall fern will spring up just about anywhere that is damp and semi sheltered. It sprouts out of cracks in the wall (hence the name), cracks in bricks, concrete yards, between flagstones, anywhere. The one pictured here was growing from between flagst...
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