Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Elaine Gordon Enchanted Forest Park
1725 NE 135th Street, North Miami, FL
FREE! Don't miss it! More information »
Programs • Nature walks • Children's activities • Plant clinic • Displays • Plant sales • Book & merchandise sales • Food • Raffles
The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida and the use of Florida native plants in landscaping.The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (DCFNPS) is one of more than 20 chapters around the state and includes residents of Monroe County. More about us »
Next Meeting in Dade County
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. (Red Road)
Medium and Long Term In-Vitro Conservation of South Florida Endangered Orchids - David Riera and Dr. Amir Khoddamzadeh, Florida International University
Cyrtopodium punctatum (Cigar orchid, Cowhorn orchid) is an epiphytic orchid species restricted and endemic to south Florida’s tropical hardwood hammocks and cypress swamps. It grows on cabbage palm, buttonwood trees and cypress stumps. Its population in south Florida has been decimated due to habitat fragmentation and overharvesting, making it a state-listed endangered species and considered critically imperiled by The Institute for Regional Conservation and Florida’s Natural Areas Inventory. This orchid’s sexual reproductive potential is extremely depressed, placing natural populations at risk. Presently, botanical gardens or private collections house the species as a conservation method. Our speakers have developed an artificial seed production protocol which can provide protection for short/medium-term as well as cryopreservation with the long-term storage goal of this orchid’s genetic material as an alternative ex-situ strategy to safeguard the survival of this rare Floridian orchid.
Upcoming Field Trip
Saturday, April 15, 2017 : Field trip to Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park with the Broward Chapter.
Chuck McCartney and spring wildflowers! More information TBA.