Talk Latin to Me

Talk Latin to Me

I found it Susan and Christine!! The lost dichotomous guide for Cayo Costa. Many years ago I was lucky enough to participate in a two day plant class for the rangers of the island and nearby state parks. I relished every moment. ( still do)  The state botanist has long since retired but his work still lives on. Like the great Botanist Jonathan Kunkel Small. I look forward to exploring the island in December looking for plants that both botanists observed.



Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Susan
    Posted at 10:14h, 29 November

    How awesome is that!! Christine and I were in the Valle Grande in the Valles Caldera (New Mexico) and they had a dichotomas guide to the plants growing in the caldera. Thought of you immediately. Looking forward to seeing you again during the first week of March!

  • christine
    Posted at 11:56h, 03 December

    Woo Hoo, can't wait to explore again.

    I think we need a Capt. Brian dichotomous guide.

    Still have my Nicker beans, aka –
    Caesalpinia bonduc

    Found these fun facts about them….
    Nicker bean seeds have been used over the centuries as jewelry, prayer beads, worry stones and good luck charms. In India, nicker beans have been used as standards of weight; in Africa, the ancient game of mancala traditionally used gray nicker bean seeds as game pieces.

    Besides it cultural significance, the gray nicker bean seed and leaves have been roasted, boiled or ground to produce folk remedies for a wide variety of ailments, and have been shown to lower blood sugar. Nicker bean preparations have been used as diuretics, as controls for diabetes and hypertension, and to cure roundworm infections.

    Nicker bean martini's anyone?