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Excerpted from our print newsletter. See the printed newsletter for detailed Field Trip directions and reports, for phone and addresses for yard visits and additional articles. Join now to obtain the benefits of full membership!

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January 2000

In This Issue

LANTANAS [ excerpt from printed newsletter ]
THE SATINLEAF FRUIT [ only in the printed newletter ]


Tuesday, January 25, 7:30 p.m., Fairchild Tropical Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road.

"Wildflowers of the Everglades." Roger Hammer, Naturalist, Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department. Natural Areas Management.

Roger will cover wildflowers of all seasons and communities within Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and Fakahatchee Strand. The slides shown in his talk will be a sneak preview of the ones to be used in his upcoming book on wildflowers of the Everglades. Roger is a member of FNPS, popular speaker to many professional organizations and plant societies, and guide of wildflower walks in the Everglades.

Thanks in advance to refreshment donors: Joe and Helen Barros, Allyn Golub, Lee and Scott Massey (snacks); and Mike Judge and Wendy Teas (drinks and ice) . As usual, additional refreshments and donations to the plant raffle table are appreciated. If you would like to donate an extra-special plant, other item or service to auction (instead of raffle), please call Tony Koop at 305-662-2876 or 305-284-5364. You or your business will be acknowledged in the Tillandsia.

February 22 meeting: "Those Amazing Annoying Grasses" - Stinger Guala, Keeper and Curator of the Herbarium, Fairchild Tropical Garden.

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Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members and their invited guests.

Sunday, January 23: Curry Hammock (in the Keys). (Rescheduled from October due to Hurricane Irene.) This area is owned by the state park system but is undeveloped. It contains high hammock, thatch palms and mangrove edge and all the interesting flora of these habitats.

Saturday, January 29: NEW ACTIVITY! Matheson Hammock Park. "Basic Botany for Budding Botanists". On this field trip you will learn some basic botanical terminology and how to use a plant identification key while learning about the species and basic ecology of South Florida hammocks. Your able guide will be Tony Koop, a botany graduate student at UM, chapter board member, and a familiar face managing the plant raffle at our meetings. The purpose is to make your future walks in natural areas more enjoyable and informative and to help you "get around" in botanical circles.

Saturday, February 19: Shark Valley "Botanize by Bike". (Rescheduled from December due to high water.) We will bicycle in the afternoon as far as we make it toward the observation tower, stopping here and there to botanize. After watching the sun set, we will ride back under the full moon(or you set your own pace).

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Note: All Dade Chapter members are welcome at all chapter activities. The following are planned by the Keys Activities Committee. For more information, call Jim Duquesnel at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 305-451-1202.

Next meeting: Tuesday, January 18 at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM 102.5. (Speaker and topic TBA.) Plant Identification begins at 7:00, with the program at 7:30, followed by a native plant raffle. Visitors, refreshments and raffle donations are welcome!

Keys members - please reserve February 26 to volunteer at the second Native Plant Fair. Last year’s very successful event at Sugarloaf Elementary School (including programs and plant give-away) demonstrated that enough people were interested in natives to start having FNPS meetings and activities in the Keys. More details TBA

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FNPS Landscape Awards Program seeks entries. Do you have (or know of) a native plant landscape or restoration project to be proud of? If so, see the application for the FNPS "Design with Natives" awards in your Winter Palmetto. There are categories for professional, non-professional designers, residential, business or institutional locations, and almost any other situation you can imagine. Homeowners and schools are especially encouraged to enter. Spotlighting our good examples is a great way to encourage others to use and appreciate natives.

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Remember to mark your 2000 calendar with the 20th annual FNPS State Conference, to be held in Miami, May 4-7, 2000. This month, the planning committee is finalizing the preliminary schedule of outstanding programs and field trips. We will share the details with you beginning in February, and registration forms will be available in March.

We need your help now in suggesting and contacting potential sponsors and advertisers; donating raffle items or suggesting businesses to donate raffle items; referring potential vendors or exhibitors; donation of printing or photocopy; volunteering to make phone calls and assist in other ways we probably haven’t even thought of! Please call Keith Bradley (305-247-6547) or Patty Phares (305-255-6404) for more details.

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Nursery News: Gann’s Native Tropical Greenery Nursery continues its closing sale on January 22 and 29. Remaining inventory includes trees and shrubs in liner size, some wildflowers and palms. [22601 SW 152 Ave., 305-248-5529.] The nursery will be leased to "Butterfly Mystique", opening in the spring and featuring a variety of plants and native butterflies.

Miami-Dade County Parks, Natural Areas Management. Call 305-257-0933 for more information about the following:

Volunteer Workdays. Call 305-257-0933. Jan. 22: Rockdale Pineland (15190 SW 92 Ave.); Feb. 5: Ned Glenn Pineland Preserve (SW 188 St. and 87 Ave.); Feb. 12: Kendall Indian Hammock Park (11395 SW 79 St.); Feb 26: Rolling Oaks Park (13701 NW 17 Ave.)

Bilingual education materials about our rare pine rockland forests: a video and a brochure, "Pine Rocklands, Born from Fire"; and a poster, "Keepers of the Flame". FREE!

Fairchild Tropical Garden now features native plant tours as part of its regular schedule through April 30. Call 305-667-1651.

Gifford Arboretum, Univ. of Miami: Workshops in Horticulture, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.: Pruning shrubs and small trees. Volunteer workdays: 8:30-noon, Feb. 12, 26 and Mar. 25. Call 305-284-5364.

Broward Native Plant Society meetings: 2nd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Secret Woods Nature Center, _ mile west of I-95 on W. State Road 84 in Ft. Lauderdale. Social time is at 7:00. Call 954-523-0288.

Native Plant Workshop. 3rd Tuesdays at Bill Sadowski Park, _ mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 Street. Plant ID — "serious" but not intense! Call Roger Hammer at 305-257-0933.

Tropical Audubon Society. January 18: "Florida’s Coastal and Wetland Environment — the Next 100 Years" (Dr. Hal Wanless, Univ. of Miami). February 15: "The Miami Circle -- Archeology in the Tequesta Heartland" (Bob Carr). At the Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Drive. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments are at 7:30 and the program is at 8:00. Call 305-666-5111.

Friends of the Fakahatchee benefit, January 29-30, at the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve Visitors Center. New photography of Clyde Butcher; artwork of Miami artist (and DCFNPS member) Mary Ruden; photo-safaris with Florida author Jeff Ripple. Free and open to the public. Call 941-695-4593. Also, Mary Ruden will have an educational display and slide-lecture on native orchids of the Fakahatchee Strand at the International Orchid Show on March 3-5, at the Coconut Grove Convention Center (call 305-284-9989).

Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site lecture series: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM 102.5 (gate open 7:00-7:30). Call (305)451-1202. Jan. 12: Florida’s Gopher Tortoise, A Species in Decline (Joan Berish, FWCC Research Biologist). Jan. 19: Native and Naturalized Orchids of South Florida (Roger Hammer, Miami-Dade Parks). Jan. 26: Cats and Wildlife (Jim Duquesnel, Biologist, Key Largo Hammocks). Facts and solution options to the problem of domestic cats and birds. Feb. 2: TBA. Feb 9: Stargazing and Telescopes (Mike Smith, Southern Cross Astronomical Society). Feb. 16: Unusual Vegetables for the Florida Keys (Chris Rollins, Fruit and Spice Park). Feb. 23: Native Plants of the Keys and Their Uses (Dick Workman). Pre-Columbian dining and entertaining tips! Mar. 1: The Rarest Plants in the Florida Keys (Janice Duquesnel, Biologist, Florida Park Service). Natural history and efforts being made to save these native treasures.

Bonnet House in Ft. Lauderdale hosts Garden Walks led by horticulturist Robert Haehle. Tours include maritime hammock, fruit grove and courtyard. Feb. 13, Mar. 12, Apr. 9. Call 954-563-5393, ext. 135, for reservations. (900 North Birch Road.)

Miami-Dade Parks Naturalist Services activities announced in the Winter Tropical Trails include an Everglades Full Moon Hike (Feb. 19), Rowdy Bend hike (Feb. 27), canoe trip on Biscayne Bay (Mar. 11) or to Lignumvitae Key (Jan. 22); and other tours, workshops and events at local parks and elsewhere. Call 662-4124 for more information or to subscribe to Tropical Trails. For more activities, see the Parks Department online calendar at http://www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/parks/monthcal.htm.

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by Roger Hammer, Metro-Dade Parks Department

[ An excerpt from the full article in the printed newsletter. ]

Those Confusing Lantanas

Plant lovers love variety. To achieve it we move plants from all parts of the world to cultivate in public and private gardens. We select varieties, or cultivars, with the best attributes - bigger flowers, more flowers, brighter colors - and, unwilling to leave well enough alone, we create our own hybrids. Why do we strive for so much variety in our gardens? Plants play such an important part in our well being, our material and spiritual enrichment our recreation. We seek variety in our gardens to escape the mundane and monotonous.

Any logical person would think that if a single plant species is widely cultivated around the world - in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions alike -- there would be little, or no, confusion concerning its identity. This is generally true until you encounter Lantana camara, a species with no popular common name other than simply "lantana". There are some 160 species of lantana in the world, yet only a few are widely cultivated, and none more than Lantana camara. The confusion is created because of the more than 100 named color forms, horticultural cultivars, and hybrids of Lantana camara in the nursery trade. This is in addition to naturally-occurring varieties and hybrids recognized by botanists and taxonomists. The more you try to unravel the confusion, the more confusing it becomes.

[Roger's article continues in the printed newsletter. He goes on to discuss:

The World’s Weed
The Natives
What you’re likely to find in the supermarket parking lot...
Let the Confusion Begin
The Not-So-Great Depression

Join now to obtain the benefits of full membership!

[Roger Hammer is a naturalist with Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas Management and frequent writer and speaker about South Florida plants and nature.]

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General contact number for DCFNPS: 305-255-6404

Contact in the Keys: Jim Duquesnel at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (305-451-1202)

President: Keith Bradley (305-247-6547)

Vice President: Diane Otis (305-247-9913)

Refreshment coordinator: Carrie Cleland (305-661-9023)

DCFNPS e-mail: DadeChFNPS@juno.com

DCFNPS Web page: http://www.fnps.org/dade/ mirrored at: http://www.seflin.org/plants/

FNPS Web Page: http://www.fnps.org/

Tillandsia editor: Patty Phares (305-255-6404 or pphares@juno.com)

© 1999 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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