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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JULY 2009

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


July 2009

  • 18 (Sat.): Chapter workday at Everglades National Park
  • 25-26 (Sat-Sun): Butterfly Days at Fairchild (DCFNPS display table - volunteers needed)
  • 28 (Tue): Annual Summer Evening Yard Visit and Social Meeting (no meeting at Fairchild)

August 2009

  • 1 (Sat.): Field trip (Hattie Bauer Hammock, South Dade - the former "Orchid Jungle")
  • 15 (Sat.): Chapter workday at Everglades National Park
  • (No August meeting)

Mark your calendars now!
May 13-16 2010:  FNPS conference in Tallahassee

The Keys Branch is on vacation until November.

See our online Calendar for more details and dates.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009.  6:30-9 p.m. (Not at Fairchild)

FNPS members and their guests (children welcome) are invited to this event.   If you are not yet a member, please join so you can enjoy all the activities of the chapter!  Address and directions are in the print newsletter sent to members.

What:  Annual Evening Yard Visit and Potluck Social.
Where:  Home of a member in Palmetto Bay. 
When:  6:30 - 9 pm. Come as early as you can to fully enjoy the yard and evening.  Guided yard tour about 7 pm., dinner after the tour, followed by the plant raffle.  You can stay later to sit around a bonfire and chat (fixings for "somemores" will be provided).

This 1.64 acre natural forest community contains hammock and wetland plants. Oaks and pines dominate the high ground, while swamp bay, Dahoon holly and even a pond apple are on the lower ground. The property slopes down to an area of very ragged Miami oolite rock - a Karst topography - indicating a previous seasonal flooding before a canal was made.  The house was built into the hammock, using native Dade County Pine that was salvaged in the 1960s from huge piles of bulldozed trees waiting to be burned after land clearing for housing in South Dade.  The house has a very open design, for good reason: no air conditioning.  But it is very livable - amongst the natives!

September 22: "Alien Bee Pollinators Invade Florida."  Dr. Robert Pemberton of the USDA will discuss his research on the possible effects of these new bees on the native and non-native plants which they visit.

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FNPS members and their guests (children welcome) are invited to this event.   If you are not yet a member, please join so you can enjoy all the activities of the chapter!  Address and directions are in the print newsletter sent to members.

If the weather is very bad, call to confirm.  Field trips are for the study of plants and enjoyment of nature by FNPS members and their guests. Collecting is not permitted. Children welcome. For carpooling, call Gwen (305-372-6569) or Patty (305-255-6404).

Saturday, August 1, 2009: Hattie Bauer Hammock (former Orchid Jungle) in South Dade, acquired by the county in the late 1990s.  We will tour the hammock and historic buildings.  The following description is from the Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

 “It’s easy to see why Lee Fennell, founder of the Orchid Jungle, fell in love with Hattie Bauer Hammock.  Everyone who gets involved with the preservation and restoration of this site falls in love with it.  It’s truly a special place.” - Jane Griffin Dozier

Hattie Bauer Hammock is a 15-acre parcel of land with 9 acres of tropical hardwood hammock and 6 acres of developed property.  This site is situated at the highest natural elevation on the Miami Rockridge south of Coconut Grove.  The site contains a number of birds and butterflies.  The EEL program purchased the site with the help of a grant from Florida Communities Trust.  Prior to the EEL Program purchasing the property, it was the location of the “Orchid Jungle”, a popular tourist attraction that operated for over 70 years.  As a result of the “Orchid Jungle” operation, the site contains structures.  While the EEL Program and the Parks & Recreation Department’s Natural Areas Management have been busy restoring the hammock, there has also been ongoing planning for the future of the site a park.  Hattie Bauer Hammock Park will feature an archeological trail through the hammock, information regarding the site’s natural and archeological history as well as a history of the “Orchid Jungle”.  Environmental educational programming will also be a component of the park.

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As many of us head out to the garden for summer plantings or vacations, I wish all of you a safe and happy summer. Though the general meetings take a hiatus, the Florida Native Plant Society never sleeps.  Please keep up with events in the Tillandsia as we need volunteers for Chapter Everglades Workdays and Butterfly Days, and we have a field trip and our yard visit meeting.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

Thank you to retiring board members Jan Kolb and Jonathan Taylor for their service to the Dade Chapter. Jan has been a Director-at-Large since 2005 and has been in charge of arranging for the excellent speakers at our monthly meetings.  She has also coordinated the volunteers at Native Plant Day and Ramble for several years.  Jonathan has been our Secretary since 2005 and served as a Director-at-Large and Treasurer prior to that.  We wish them both well in their pursuits.

I’d also like to thank Mark Bolla, Lynka Woodbury and Susan Walcutt, who committed to another term on the board.  I wish to thank the nominating committee for recruiting new board members Gita Ramsay, Vivian Waddell and Ami Frey.  A big “thank you” goes out to all our other volunteers, from those who contribute to our general meetings to our workday and event volunteers.  You are the heart of this great organization.

Robert Harris, DCFNPS President

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Welcome to our new co-webmaster! Haniel Pulido joined FNPS last year and is now collaborating with long-term webmaster Greg Ballinger to manage our chapter's site. Haniel currently works for Miami Dade College in the Information Technology-Web Services department as a Senior Analyst. He graduated from FIU in 2008 with an M.S. in Management of Information Systems and in 2000 with a B.S. in Computer Science.  Haniel is an avid reader, a passionate photographer of Florida wildlife and has a lifelong interest in native plants, nature, and the environment. He resides in the Miami area with his loving wife.  You can contact both Greg and Haniel at the new email address: dadefnpsweb@gmail.com

Chapter workdays at Everglades National Park: July 18 and August 15, 9a.m.-noon. Help with our native plant habitat landscaping maintenance around the Coe Visitors Center.  Drinks, gloves, hand tools and bug spray are provided, but you may want to bring your own and snacks to share. Bring sun protection! New helpers and friends are encouraged to come.  Everyone in your car gets into the park free after the workday.  For more information contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com).

Dade Chapter display at Butterfly Days, July 25-26 at Fairchild.  We need: DCFNPS volunteers to help a few hours (indoors); butterfly larvae, chrysalises, ova; native butterfly plants to loan for display (container plants or cuttings). Please contact Patty Phares, 305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com.

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July 25-26, 2009
Co-sponsored by
Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Assoc.
& Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

The Monarch Butterfly Stars in Butterfly Days 2009!

Enjoy observation of butterflies in the garden, presentations,
plant sales, children's activities (indoors and out).

Speakers include nationwide experts Dr. Lincoln Brower (get to know the monarch in new and different ways); Rick Cech (butterfly biology); Dr. Charles Covell (moths).  Also, Florida's own Roger Hammer (butterflies in our natural areas); Steve Woodmansee (butterflies love lawn weeds!); Sandy Koi (butterfly migration - it's more than Monarchs); Pedro Lastra (digital photography); Cindy David (butterfly gardening Q&A); Linda Evans (butterflies in our local gardens); Marc Minno and Alana Edwards (update on Florida's imperiled butterflies); and a presentation on the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space Master Plan

The event is at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Details at www.miamiblue.org or contact Fairchild at 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org.

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Dade Native Plant Workshop.  MDC Kendall campus Landscape Technology Center.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Bring at least 3 flowering/fruiting plants of any species (even if not the subject matter). July 21:  Edible natives.  August 18: Natives of xeric habitats.  For more info, contact Steve, 305-595-5541, Stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net.  For directions, see www.regionalconservation.org/ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp   Free! If you would like to learn more about native plants, give it a try!  The workshop is for novices and old hands alike.  The group also discusses all sorts of interesting tidbits and experiences with the plants in home gardens, not just identification.

Art at St. John’s Plants Without Borders Program. July 22, 2009, 9-10a.m.  1920 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach. RSVP to Carol Hoffman Guzman, Executive Director, 305-613-2325.

Biologist Steve Woodmansee (Pro Native Consulting) will present "Creating an Ecologically and Sociologically Sustainable Landscape." Steve offers a solution to counter isolation, wastefulness and unsustainable regulation in our lives and landscaping.  A holistic approach to home landscapes can provide sustainable habitat for indigenous plants and animals, augment food production, reduce water and energy waste, broaden our sense of community, and much more.

The Plants without Borders project looks at plants and gardens as a way to encourage cross-cultural conversations among the different ethnic groups.

Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami. 305-667-7337, www.tropicalaudubon.org for more details and activities.  Nonmembers are welcome at all activities.  

Adopt-a-Tree. Miami-Dade single-family or duplex homeowners are eligible to receive 2 FREE trees in 2009.  Bring a valid photo ID with your current address.  Renters should bring a letter of permission from the property owner and a photocopy of the property owner’s ID.  To volunteer or earn community service house, contact Jennifer Rodero, roderj@miamidade.gov.  For more info: http://www.miamidade.gov/derm/home.asp.  July 19: North Miami Beach City Hall (17011 NE 19 Ave.). Natives: pigeon plum, red mulberry, wild tamarind. August 22: Miami-Dade Fairgrounds (112 SW 24 St.). Natives: green buttonwood and orange geiger. Non-native fruit and flowering trees are also available. Tell your neighbors!

Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association.  See www.miamiblue.org or contact Elane Nuehring, 305-666-5727 or miamiblue@bellsouth.net for all the details.

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Two Dade Chapter members (Miami-Dade or Keys residents) and a former Miami-Dade resident were 2009 award recipients.

Conservation Grant Award ($2500):

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden (Stephen Hodges, Resident Botanist)

Population Monitoring and Ex Situ Conservation of Linum arenicola (Small) H.J.P.  Winkler in the Florida Keys.  The status of Linum arenicola within the Florida Keys is mostly unknown since the active 2005 Hurricane Season.  Staff at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden (KWTFBG) will revisit and study populations of L. arenicola that may have been impacted by the several hurricanes during 2005.  In addition, seed will be harvested, grown, and an ex situ population will be established at the KWTFBG grounds in order to help safeguard this endangered endemic species.
(The KWTFBG is a Nonprofit Organization member of FNPS)

Landscape and Restoration Awards (sponsored by the Association of Florida Native Nurseries):

Ecosystem Restoration 2nd Place

Hutchinson Island Restoration Project, designed by Michael Yustin, Steve Woodmansee and John Bradford. This project is located in Stuart, FL.
(Steve Woodmansee is a Dade Chapter FNPS member)

Endowment Research Grant:

Herbert Kesler and Jennifer Trusty, Folius Consulting. Evaluation and conservation of Harperocallis flava, a federally endangered plant in the savannas of the Apalachicola River Basin.
(Jennifer Trusty is a past PhD student and herbarium technician at FIU and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden).

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NURSERY NEWS: You're Missing Out If You Don't Have Stoppers!

by Leslie Veber, Veber's Jungle Garden

If you have a yard in South Florida then you should plant at least one if not all the different species of stoppers. The benefits of planting stoppers are many.  They can be used as accent plants, in hedges or barrier plantings, or as understory plants. They do not have any major disease or pest problems. They are all members of the Myrtaceae (Eucalptus family), all have small white flowers, and all are fragrant in some way (some smelling better than others).  I have been growing stoppers for over 10 years and have fallen for them.  They are easy to grow, require very little maintenance, look great year round and, best of all, they attract all kinds of birds, butterflies and other wildlife to my garden. They are plants I try to incorporate into my landscape designs.  Over the years when I have revisited the landscape jobs I planted, the stoppers are always doing great even at sites that have not been well maintained.  Below is some information on some of my favorite stoppers.

[Reference: Natives For Your Neighborhood. The Institute for Regional Conservation. http://www.regionalconservation.org]

Myrcianthes fragrans, Simpson's stopper, twinberry

The foliage of Simpson's stopper is aromatic with a nutmeg fragrance. The flowers are also fragrant and can attract butterflies, while the fruit is an excellent attractor of many species of birds, especially mockingbirds (our state bird). The fruit ripens to a beautiful orange to red color, giving some color to the landscape.  The fruit and bark are rumored to treat diarrhea when made into a tea. (I have had no personal experience, but would be curious if anyone else has or is willing to try it out on themselves. Get back to me if you do, so we all find out if this is fact or fiction!)  Simpson's stopper is cold hardy and will on average get to 20' tall.  It can be single trunk but is beautiful trimmed up as a multi-stemmed specimen, showing its peeling bark.  It is attractive all year long so plant in a focal area.  For me, this is a "must have," so try to find space for at least one.

Eugenia confusa - redberry stopper

This tree is rare in its natural habitats and is listed as Endangered by the State of Florida. It can grow to 20', but is extremely slow growing.  It can be used in constricted areas because of its narrow growth habit.  It is native to hardwood and coastal hammocks.  (I have 3 and 7-gallon available in the nursery.)

Eugenia rhomea - red stopper

Red stopper is also listed as Endangered by the State of Florida.  It is slow growing and typically reaching 8' to 15'.   The new foliage is pale red when it first appears and is quite stunning.  The leaves have tiny black dots on the underside. Red stopper grows a bit wider than redberry or Spanish stopper but does not grow as tall. 

Eugenia foetida - Spanish stopper 

Spanish stopper grows to 15'-20' on average.  It can be used as a good visual barrier, but it does not grow very dense. It has the tendency to be narrow, so it is also a good choice for constricted areas.  It is a common plant in hardwood hammocks.  Spanish stopper and Simpson's stopper are available in the nurseries in more sizes than the other stoppers.

Veber's Jungle Garden sells wholesale and retail.  The nursery is open by appointment (call 305-242-9500) and is located at 24605 SW 197 Avenue in Homestead. 

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by Martin Roessler

On June 13, 2009 members of the Dade Chapter FNPS and the Dade Native Plant Workshop were lead by Steve Woodmansee through the Tamiami Pineland Complex Addition. This 25+ acre parcel is managed by Miami-Dade County. It was subjected to a wildfire last spring. The site contains disturbed roadside, mowed FPL easement, pine rocklands and a short hydroperiod wetland area. We observed many following ferns and flowering seed bearing plants. The list of plants that were observed is contained in the print newsletter.

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Logo - Citizens for Better South FLoridaOn Saturday June 6, 2009, Citizens for a Better South Florida (CITIZENS) partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida to celebrate NeighborWorks week by painting and landscaping the homes of seven elderly residents of Brownsville (near NW 32 Ave and 48th Terrace).  CITIZENS worked closely with each homeowner to assess what each homeowner wanted their landscape to look like.  We spoke about native plants, explaining how each of the native gardens was designed to provide many environmental benefits, including providing food and shelter for wildlife, conserving water and saving money by requiring low maintenance once the garden is established. Each homeowner received a GoNative Booklet and a Watering schedule to serve as a reminder and help the gardens get established.

 The plants used for the landscaping included a combination of attractive shrubs, trees, flowers, native milkweed,  and native grasses taking into consideration light, water and growth requirements of each plant.  Wild Coffee (Pyschotria nervosa),  Necklace Pod (Sophora tomentosa), Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), Coontie (Zamia pumila), Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), Spanish stopper (Eugenia foetida), Simpson stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans), Orange Geiger (Cordia sebestena), Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine), Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis), and Beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) were chosen for their beauty and ease of maintenance.   Butterfly-attracting milkweed and other flowers and ferns were also planted.

 Over 100 volunteers joined together to give back to the community by planting more than 120 plants.  The volunteers also spread mulch and helped clean-up yard debris.  Citizens for a Better South Florida designed each garden, donated all the materials and educated all volunteers about the benefits of native plants and native gardens.  It was a great experience that beautified a community, established partnerships and built community support.

Gloria A. Antia

CSW Lead Educator, Urban Greening Assistant Director
Citizens for a Better South Florida
Dedicated to Environmental Education
[Citizens is a Nonprofit Organization member of FNPS]

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[The following article is reprinted from the October 1993 Tillandsia.  Better than reading the hurricane name list …]
By Roger L. Hammer

Alvaradoa (Mexican alvaradoa): Pedro de Alvarado, an explorer with Hernando Cortez on the conquest of Mexico.
Avicennia (black mangrove): Abu Sina (latinized as Avicennia), an Arab physician and philosopher.
Borreria (strongback): Johann Ambrosius Beurer (latinized as Bourreria), an apothecary at Nurnberg, Germany.
Bursera (gumbo-limbo): Joachim Burser, German botanist and physician.
Casasia (seven-year-apple): Luis de las Casas y Arargorri, an 18th century Spanish soldier.
Cordia (geiger tree): Euricius Cordus and his son Valerius Cordus, German physicians and botanists.
Cupania (cupania): Francis Cupani, Sicilian monk, physician and botanist.
Dodonaea (varnish-leaf): Rembert Dodoens, Dutch herbalist and physician.
Eugenia (stoppers): Prince Eugene of Savoy, a patron of botany and horticulture at Vienna.
Forestiera (Florida privet): Charles le Forestier, French physician and naturalist.
Guettarda (velvet-seed): Jean Etienne Guettard, French botanist and physician.
Hamelia (firebush): Henry Louis Duhamel du Monceau, French botanist.
Jacquinia (joewood): Nikolas Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian botany professor; best known for his illustrated works on West Indies plants.
Krugiodendron (black ironwood): Carl Wilhelm Leopold Krug, German botanist who resided in Puerto Rico and studied the West Indies flora.
Lyonia (staggerbush): John Lyon, early American botanist and explorer of the Appalachians.
Magnolia (sweetbay): Pierre Magnol, professor of botany and medicine, and director of the botanical garden at Montpellier, France.
Randia (indigo-berry): Issac Rand, 18th Century English botanist.
Reynosia (darling plum): Alvaro Reynoso, Cuban chemist and agriculturist.
Roystonea (royal palm): General Roy Stone, U.S. Army engineer who rendered outstanding service to Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War.
Savia (maidenbush): Gaetano  Savi, professor at Pisa, Italy.
Schsefferia (Florida boxwood): Jakob Christian Schaeffer, German naturalist.
Schoepfia (graytwig): Johann David Schoepf, German physician and botanist.
Serenoa (saw palmetto): Serano Watson, botanist at Harvard University and authority on the flora of North America.
Suriana (bay-cedar): Joseph Donat Surianm, French physician and artist who collected in the West Indies.
Ximenia (tallowwood): Francisco Ximenez, Spanish-born missionary and naturalist of Mexico who published a book on the flora and fauna of Mexico in 1615.

Source: Little, Elbert L., Jr., 1979, Checklist of  United States Trees, U.S. Dept. Agric., Agric Handb. 541, 375 p.

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Butterfly resource.  This Natural History Museum website has a search engine which allows one to search for butterflies (or host plants) by region and scientific names and families.  See http://www.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/research-curation/research/projects/hostplants/index.dsml

Remember - you can help FNPS while searching and shopping.  FNPS subscribes to www.Goodsearch.com.  This free resource enables you to download the free Good Search search engine (powered by Yahoo).  Using this for online searches will generate funds for FNPS.  In addition, FNPS will also benefit if you use GoodShop for purchases.  These are easy ways to support FNPS at no additional cost to you.  Please visit the website and select Florida Native Plant Society (Melbourne, FL) as the recipient of the donations.  If you have questions, contact Steve Woodmansee, FNPS VP for Finance, at stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net or 786-488-3101.

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President: Robert Harris, 954-651-4176, xkensington6x@yahoo.com

General information:  786-340-7914

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

Memberships: Patty Phares (305-255-6404)

DCFNPS Web page: http://dade.fnpschapters.org
Webmaster: Greg Ballinger and Haniel Pulido Jr. (dadefnpsweb@gmail.com)

FNPS Chapter representative: Lynka Woodbury (305-667 1651x3427, lwoodbury@fairchildgarden.org)

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

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

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

Tillandsia editor: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com)
Co-editor: Vacant (applications being accepted!)

Dade Chapter Board members:

President: Robert Harris  Vice-President: Ted Shaffer
Secretary: TBA Treasurer: Mark Bolla
At Large: Amida Frey, Patty Harris, Jose Luciani, Gita Ramsay, Vivian Waddell, Susan Walcutt
FNPS board:   Lynka Woodbury Past-President:  Amy Leonard

Mailing address:

Dade Chapter FL Native Plant Society
6619 South Dixie Highway, #181
Miami FL 33143-7919

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

2009 FNPS membership rates: Donor $250, Business $125, Supporting $100, Contributing $75 ($25 to endowment), Non-Profit $50, Family $50, Individual $35, Student $15, Library $15, New Member $25, Gift $25, Lifetime $1000.

Join or renew FNPS online! Try it! If you are renewing, check your green card or send email to info@fnps.org with your full name to obtain your membership number (or ask you local membership manager).  Otherwise, reenter your personal information.  When renewing, please update your membership record. Family/household or higher level memberships can list two members, including complete contact info for each.  See https://www.fnps.org/secure/membership.php

Thanks to those who have renewed FNPS memberships recently!  Your continued support helps FNPS achieve its mission:

The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society is to promote the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.

Articles, announcements and news items are invited for Tillandsia from Dade and Keys members.  Please submit items for consideration by the 15th of each month.  

Advertising rates from $12/month.

© 1999-2009 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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