Tillandsia Web, Dade Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society
for Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys

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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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November, 2006

In This Issue


If you didn't receive this Tillandsia in your mail box,

… then you aren't a member of DCFNPS.

Please consider joining (if you have never joined) or rejoining (if your membership has lapsed).  We'd like to have you counted as a conservator of Florida's native plants and a supporter of FNPS!

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It comes with a FREE native plant.
Two gifts that will keep on giving.

Contact 305-255-6404 or pphares@mindspring.com.




  • 11-12 (Sat.-Sun.): FTBG Ramble, chapter display & sale
  • 16 (Thur.): Cordis Env. Fair, early afternoon) vols needed.
  • 18 (Sat.): Field trip – Picayune Strand (Collier Co.)
  • 21 (Tues.):  Keys monthly meeting (Key West)
  • 25: (Sat.): Keys field trip (Key West)
  • 28 (Tue.): Dade monthly meeting


  • 3 (Sun.): 2nd Annual Holiday Picnic – RSVP by Nov.27
  • 9 (Sat.): Field trip – pineland and hammock in Dade Co.
  • 16 (Sat.): Everglades National Park chapter workday
  • 19 (Tue.): Keys monthly meeting (Marathon)
  • 23 (Sat.): Keys field trip (Curry Hammock)


  • March 17 (Sat): Native Plant Day at Old Cutler Hammock (Bill Sadowski Park) in South Dade County.  Save the date!
  • April 19-22: FNPS 27th Annual FNPS Conference, Gainesville


Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road.  Free and open to the public.     SPECIAL PRESENTATION PLEASE SEE THE FLYER.

"Forensic Botany" – David Hall, Ph.D., Environmental and Forensic Consultant

Forensic Botany is the analysis of plant material in both civil and criminal law enforcement.  Plant evidence can be used to destroy an alibi, help determine time since death, put a suspect at a crime scene, or tell where someone or something has been.  Dr. Hall will give examples of cases which demonstrate how plants can be valuable tools used to help put suspects behind bars.

Dr. Hall owns and operates an environmental and forensic consulting firm in Gainesville and is a recognized expert in forensics and plant identification.  He was Director of the Plant Identification and Information Services at the University of Florida and helped write wetland jurisdictional rules for Florida and Federal wetland plant list and procedures.  He has provided botanical expertise for investigations and training by the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Water Management Districts and Department of Environmental Protection and others.

Refreshments are available for early arrivals at 7:15.  Additions to the refreshment table and raffle plant donations are always welcome.  (Please check your plants for lobate lac scale.)  If you signed up to bring refreshments and have questions, please call Patty Harris at 305-262-3763. Merchandise sales are before and after the program (cash and checks only).

Don't miss this fascinating program!  Please help spread the word.  Information on the program and speaker is posted at www.fnps.org – Chapters – Dade.  Because a large crowd is expected, we need a few members to help with merchandise, memberships, raffle tickets, and making guests feel welcome.  Please contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com) if you can assist the board before or after the program for a short time.

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Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members (Dade and Keys) and their invited guests. Children are welcome. Details are contained in the printed newsletter mailed each month to members. Collecting is not permitted. Please join today so that you can enjoy all the benefits of membership!

Saturday, November 18: Picayune Strand State Forest. This rarely-visited site (our southernmost state forest) is on 80,000 acres of a former failed Golden Gate Estates development in Collier County.  Although the site has been severely drained it contains remnant strand swamp, prairies, and lovely flatwoods plant communities.  We will pay particular attention to areas with fall wildflowers, and a special surprise will be shown at the end of the field trip. Difficulty: moderate (mostly trails but some areas will be a bit off road).  May be some optional wading. This should be a delightful trip to an interesting place – worth the drive! For meeting place and time please see the printed newsletter.

Saturday, December 9: Trinity Pineland and Kendalwood Hammock.  Steve Woodmansee will lead us through two small county owned preserves in east Kendall/ South Miami.  Trinity Pineland is a pine rockland plant community containing a dense stand of Dade county pines which survived hurricane Andrew in 1992.  Restoration with hardwood reduction has allowed the return of wildflowers.  Kendalwood is a small hammock nearby. Difficulty:  Easy to moderateFor meeting place and time please see the printed newsletter.

Learn to ID plants: If you would like help, please let it be known – we’ll introduce you to good people to stick close to. Print a plant list in advance (most South Florida natural areas) from The Institute for Regional Conservation's website, www.regionalconservation.org.  Register to get a password.

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Welcome to the Keys members back for the winter and to the new Keys members!  Please note that the meetings have been changed to THIRD TUESDAYS.  Also, thanks to Sue Miller for joining the Keys Committee.  Sue is gathering all the information for Tillandsia and will gladly answer your questions.  Contact her at sueorjay@terranova.net or 305-664-9440.  To receive email reminders of activities (in addition to the newsletter) please send your request douville@bellsouth.net.

KEYS MEETINGS: Third Tuesdays, November to April.

7 p.m. – plant identification workshop (bring cuttings of mystery plants). 7:30 p.m. – Meeting and program. After program – native plant raffle and refreshments.

November 21 (Key West): Joy Tatgenhorst will lead a behind the scenes tour of the National Marine Sanctuary's brand new Eco Discovery Center before the official grand opening.  The center demonstrates our special environment from the hardwood hammock to the reef, touching on all the unique plant and animal species and how we can protect them.

December 19 (Marathon): "Lessons Learned from Hurricane Wilma."  Join a round table discussion, led by Tina Henize, about native plants best suited to our extreme weather conditions. Which ones best weathered the high winds and salt water of Hurricane Wilma?  Learn how to protect your yard before and after a storm.  Share your own storm experiences.


Saturday, November 25:  Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park (Key West).  Tour the park and join in making improvements by helping plant more native plants as part of the field trip. The park offers an opportunity to see and learn about American history,  the best beach in Key West,  snorkeling to see tropical fish and live coral, picnic tables, grills, a short nature trail and a new Visitor Services Provider, offering an expanded menu, snorkeling equipment and kayak rentals.  Make a day of it!

Saturday, December 23:  Curry Hammock State Park. The hardwood hammocks found at this state park support one of the largest populations of thatch palms in the United States. Mangrove swamps, sea grass beds, and wetlands provide vital habitats for tropical wildlife.  We'll walk on the new nature trail at one of Florida's newest state parks.  Bring a lunch and enjoy the new park facilities after the hike.

Coming up in the Keys in 2007:

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Saturday, December 16, 9 a.m. - noon.  Everglades National Park Chapter Workday.  Our last "spruce up" of the Coe Visitors Center landscaping before the winter visitors arrive.  Drinks, hand tools and gloves are provided, but you might want to  bring your own as well as snacks to share.  New volunteers, family, friends and kids are welcome and encouraged! Free admission to the park for your car -- bring lunch and enjoy the arriving wildlife.  For more information or possible carpooling, contact Patty (305-255-6404 or pphares@mindspring.com).

Help wanted:

Science Fair Awards. DCFNPS judges student projects for the George N. Avery Award each year at the South Florida Science & Engineering Fair.  Please encourage the students in your life to talk to their teachers about a native plant project (time is running out for winter 2007 projects). For questions or further information regarding the 2007 DCFNPS award, please call 305-255-6404, or contact Allyn Golub (allyng@gate.net).

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This holiday season, treat yourself or someone else to one of the new items listed below available from DCFNPS at our Dade meetings.  They have been specially reviewed for quality and selected to be of interest to South Florida native plant enthusiasts.  When you shop with DCFNPS, you are not only getting something useful, you are supporting the educational and conservation activities of the chapter.  And unlike with Internet shopping, you actually get to look at the item before you buy it.  We also have many of our old favorites -- books, ID cards, chapter t-shirts and tote bags. (Prices include sales tax.  Checks or cash only.)

Flatwoods Plant Guide by Austin, Honychurch, and Bass. This field guide lists about 50 of the species most typical of Pine Flatwoods, the most abundant plant community in Florida. Because it is small and contains ethnobiological background, it is an excellent guide for beginners and experts.  It contains line drawings and black and white photos, and a special surprise inside the back cover is a copy of the 1947 Davis Map showing all the habitat types for South Florida. ($10)

Wild Orchids of Florida by Paul Martin Brown.  This guide is a revision of the first Wild Orchids of Florida by the same author.  It covers the native and naturalized (non native species invading Florida ecosystems) orchids found in Florida. For more details read the upcoming review by Chuck McCartney in the upcoming FNPS magazine, The Palmetto. ($26.50)

Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida by Linda Chafin of Florida Natural Areas Inventory covers Florida's rarest plants.  It is actually a three ring binder with glossy pages that can be removed if you wish to focus on a select group of species or geographical area.  It offers detailed plant descriptions as well as line drawing and color photographs.  ($37.50)

Seminole Indian Recipes by LeFray is a cookbook detailing many of the recipes using native plants and animals commonly cooked by the Seminole Indians. ($6.75)

Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants by Minno, Butler and Hall. This is the first field guide which strictly covers butterfly caterpillars and their host plants (no butterfly pictures).  It is a must for native plant enthusiasts who wish to learn more about butterflies and optimize their butterfly gardens.  ($37.25)

Florida Butterfly Gardening by Minno and Minno.  This book gives expert advice on planting a garden for both nectar and host plants and contains many photographs of butterflies, caterpillars, and host plants.  Be aware that some of the non-native plants recommended for nectar sources are not necessarily recommended by DCFNPS to use.  ($37.25)

From Eden to Sahara, Florida's Tragedy by John K. Small. This is a reprint from a book published in the 1920s.  Small, the most prominent Florida botanist of his day, was probably the first to photodocument many of the pristine areas and their rapid decline at the turn of the 20th Century, perhaps making him South Florida's first native plant conservationist.  It contains many interesting accounts of the land at that time and black and white photos of areas that are now gone. ($16.00)

Epiphyte Field ID Card by Holst.  This laminated Field ID card of the most common fern and bromeliad epiphytes in Florida is good for beginners. ($4.25)

Good and Bad Garden Bugs Field ID Card by Mac.  This is a two sided laminated ID card with good bugs on one side and pests on the other.  It is a handy tool for knowing what to bugs to leave alone and what to promote in your yard.  ($5.50)

Belarussian Hand lens.  A hand lens is a must for anyone interested in learning native plants, as many of the techniques for identification require close up viewing of plant parts.  This sturdy hand lens (or loupe) is a 10X model (shows parts 10 times closer).  A lanyard is available for carrying the loupe.  ($17 or $20 with the lanyard)

If you have suggestions for other books and items to add to our inventory, please contact me at stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net

Steve Woodmansee, DCFNPS Merchandise Manager

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Second Saturdays at the Center
Bring the kids, camera, and lunch!

When?   Every "Second Saturday" of the month
               from 9am-2pm.

Where? The Environmental Center at Miami Dade
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              11011 SW 104th Street,
              Miami Florida 33176
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What?    Open House at our beautiful 9 acre nature
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               Rockland forest hikes, self-guided plant tours,
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For more information on upcoming classes and events, please call 305-237-2600.

Happy Holidays!

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Dade Chapter of the Florida
Native Plant Society,
Miami Blue Chapter of the North American
Butterfly Association,
Tropical Audubon Society and TREEmendous Miami
invite members, their families and guests to celebrate all our December holidays at the 2nd annual

Sunday, December 3, 2006, 2 – 5 p.m.
Rain or Shine
A.D. Barnes Park - Shelter #2
3401 SW 72 Avenue (Bird Road and SW 72 Ave.)
Miami, FL 33155

Nature Walks, Great Food, Good Times!
Playgrounds and swimming pool will be open.
Musical instruments are encouraged.
No glass beverage containers or pets, please.

You must R.S.V.P. by November 27 to one of the following with the number in your party and your potluck contribution (be sure to leave your phone number!)

Entrees or Main Dishes:   Patty Harris, 305-262-3763                                             pharris@kennynachwalter.com

Side Dishes or Salads:       Elane Nuehring, 305-666-5727

Desserts:                            Patty Phares, 305-255-6404

Non-Chef Items:                Laura Reynolds, 305-348-6136


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Dade Native Plant Workshop.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Bill Sadowski Park, 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road on SW 176 St.  Study of plant ID and taxonomy.  Call Steve Woodmansee (305-247-6547).  Nov. 21, Dec. 19: Bring at least three flowering or fruiting plants of any species.  For info and monthly topic: www.regionalconservation.org/ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp

The Broward Chapter FNPS meets 2nd Tuesdays.  The Broward Native Plant Workshop meets 3rd Tuesdays.  Contact Jack Lange (954-583-0283, jl_phoenix@comcast.net) for info and new room location.

Friends of the Gifford Arboretum, Univ. of Miami: Dec. 2, 11:30 - 3:30: Annual Picnic and Plant Sale. See www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum or contact Bob Muscarella (muscarella@bio.miami.edu ) for more info.

Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Drive, 305-667-7337, www.tropicalaudubon.org for more events.  Nonmembers are welcome at all the activities.

TREEmendous Miami plants native and non-native trees from DERM's Adopt-a-Tree program at the homes of senior/disabled residents.  Contact Amy, 305-378-1863, or see  www.treemendousmiami.org. Upcoming plantings need you!  Saturday, Dec. 2 and 9 – Country Walk area.

Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas Management Workdays. Help rare native habitats by removing exotic plants, restoring native plants, enhancing trails and cleaning up. Call 305-257-0933 or see www.miamidade.gov/parks/preservation.asp. Nov. 18: Ludlam Pineland, 7-10 a.m. SW 148 St. & 67 Ave.

The Lisa D. Anness Butterfly Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden still needs these native species (See Sept. 2006 Tillandsia).  Please contact Michael Davenport (305-667-1651, ext. 3343, mdavenport@fairchildgarden.org) if you can help:

Deering Estate Rehydration and Cutler Ridge Flow-way, Public meeting, Thursday, Nov. 30. The Water Resources Advisory Commission will hold a workshop to discuss the concepts presented in the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands – Phase 1 (a component of the Acceler8 Program) Preliminary Design and encourage and provide for public participation.  The preliminary design is available on the Acceler8 website www.evergladesnow.org.  Open house 5:30-6pm, meeting 6-7:30 pm at the Deering Estate at Cutler, SW 168 St and Old Cutler Road. 305-235-1668. For more info: Renee DeSantis, 261-242-5520 x 4075, rdesanti@sfwmd.gov.

Rain Barrel Workshop, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. – noon at the Deering Estate (16701 SW 72 Ave).  Presented by the Miami-Dade Extension.  Register by Nov. 27 (call Liza Luna, 305-248-3311 x242).  $10 for workshop only, $35 for workshop and rain barrel (which you will construct).  Remember that you must have room in your car to transport your rain barrel!  Just in time for the winter water conservation season – and a unique, handmade, holiday gift.

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ONE MAN'S WEED: Coreopsis floridana

Drawing of Coreopsis floridanaby John Pancoast

Illustration by Wes Jurgens

Coreopsis floridana, or Florida tickseed, is a perennial with bright orange-yellow flowers that start to open in early October.  The flower spikes may reach a height of three feet.  Coreopsis is a member of the Asteraceae or sunflower family, so each flower contains ray flowers or "petals" which are bright yellow and a center of dark purple disk flowers.  The fruit is an achene less than 1/10 inch long. The nine-inch long alternate leaves, found at the base of the plant, are elliptic or lance-shaped.  The leaves on the bottom of the stem have long stalks while the leaves further up the stem are shorter with shorter stalks.

The Florida tickseed is endemic to Florida.  It has been reported in most every county in the state, but it may have been extirpated in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.  It is found in wet pinelands, and other wetlands.  It grows in sandy nutrient-poor soils. 

In 1991 the Florida legislature named the genus Coreopsis as Florida's official wildflower.  Several species are being used for roadside plantings and highway beautification.  Coreopsis floridana, is being studied by researchers at the University of Florida for use as a nursery and landscape plant.  Some nurseries are already growing the plant for sale. 

This species will make a bright addition to your wildflower garden.  Make sure that the plants are planted in well drained soil that can be irrigated.

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 by Martin Roessler

On October 21, 2006, we visited Crane Point Hammock in Marathon. Steve Woodmansee guided us along paths through the 63 acres of coastal rock land hammock, mangrove swamps, salt marsh and butterfly gardens. For a detailed plant list of species found please see the printed newsletter.

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General information and memberships: Patty Phares (305-255-6404)

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

President: Amy Leonard, 305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com

Refreshment coordinator, Dade meetings: Patty Harris, 305-262-3763 eve., 305-373-1000 day

DCFNPS Web page: http://dade.fnpschapters.org

Webmaster: Greg Ballinger

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

FNPS Eco Action Alert List: Send email request to info@fnps.org

FNPS (state) phone: 321-271-6702, info@fnps.org

Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com) and Karen Griffin (305-441-0458, kgriffin@cyberonic.com).

The Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of Florida's native flora and natural areas, and promoting native plants in landscapes.

The chapter includes residents of Miami-Dade County and the Keys.
Meetings in Miami-Dade County
are on the 4th Tuesday of most months at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and are free and open to the public. Once a year, instead of the usual meeting, members and their guests are invited to an evening garden tour and social at a member's home.
Meetings in the Keys
are held on 3rd Tuesdays in November through April at varying locations from Key Largo to Key West.
The basic FNPS membership (state and chapter) is $25 per year. Please contact DCFNPS or click on the membership link at this site for a membership application.

Please send articles, announcements of local activities and news of interest to the Dade Chapter PO Box or email to the editor (above) by the 15th of each month to be considered for publication the following month.

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© 1999-2007 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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