lobus, of the Wabash and the Ohio River bottoms); however, the bubbles soon disappear harmlessly from the honey after it has stood for a little time. The exact cause of this peculiarity has never been clearly defined.

Forest fires started by cattle men, in many instances to better the pasturage for their ranging herds, damage the saw palmetto for that year: but the growth is improved for the next year, because too dense an undergrowth hampers the blossoming.


Next, to the tupelo no Florida honey is so limited in its area of production, no source of nectar is quite so particular in its habitat as the black mangrove. The red mangrove produces no honey at all. The black mangrove grows naturally only along salt marshes on the. edge of the inlets and bays where the soil is brackish from the sea. It produces honey most copiously along the northern limits of its growth, generally speaking being best between Ormond and Palm Beach on the East Coast, tho the entire East Coast is better than the West Coast. In the latter place it does not for some reason yield so well on the Atlantic side of the peninsula. The blossoms are insignificant in appearance, but under proper season-conditions the nectar in one blossom alone will furnish more than a load for one bee. The islands and keys where the tree grows are some distance off shore, often a mile or more. The bees are thus forced to fly over water both going and coming, and many are lost by dropping into the water.