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In This Issue
- NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
- UPCOMING FIELD TRIP (DADE)
- KEYS BRANCH ACTIVITIES
- NATIVE GARDENING EVENT IN NMB
- CHAPTER EVENTS AND NEWS
- NATIVE PLANT DAY - GET INVOLVED NOW!
- OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- FLORIDA KEYS SCENIC HIGHWAY CHEERS ALL-AMERICAN ROAD DESIGNATION
- FIELD TRIP REPORT: LONG KEY NATURAL AREA
- DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
- NURSERY NEWS - SHOP AT THE RAMBLE!
- RAISE FUNDS FOR FNPS: TWO EASY WAYS
- KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS
- PAST ONLINE NEWSLETTERS
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- 7 (Sat.): Yard visit in South Miami, 2-4 pm.
- 14 (Sat.): Field trip (Greynolds Park)
- 15 (Sun.): Native Gardening Event, North Miami Beach
- 20-22 (Fri.-Sun.): Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Ramble
- 24 (Tue.): Meeting in Miami-Dade (archeology and plants)
- 6 (Sun.): 5th ANNUAL HOLIDAY PICNIC at A.D.
Barnes Park – Please RSVP
- 8 (Tue.): Meeting in the Keys (Note date change)
- 12 (Sat.): Keys Branch field trip - Marathon/Pigeon Key.
- 13 (Sun.): Dade field trip (Chekika, ENP)
- 19 (Sat.): Chapter workday, Everglades National Park
- 9 (Sat.): Bolla/Gann holiday party -- please RSVP
- 26 (Tue.): Meeting in Miami-Dade (Ecological landscaping)
- Keys Branch activities in January: TBA
March 27, 2010: NATIVE PLANT DAY at Bill Sadowski Old Cutler Hammock Park. Save the date!
May 20-23, 2010: Annual FNPS Conference in Tallahassee (date change from previous announcement)
See our online Calendar for more details and dates.
NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 7:30 pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road. Free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 7:15pm. Merchandise sales are before and after the program (cash/checks only). The plant raffle follows the program.
Before the meeting at 7 pm: You're invited! The Board of Directors invites interested members to give input -- your thoughts about our chapter and how it functions and suggestions.
"Weeds and Seeds: A History of Dining in Southern Florida" - Dr. Michele Williams, Florida Public Archaeology Network.
This lecture examines various plants utilized by early Floridians as well as some of the "meatier" issues of early diet in south Florida. Learn how the wealth of natural resources in southern Florida has made it a unique dining experience for over 10,000 years. Michele Williams, Ph.D., RPA is the Director and Terrestrial Archaeologist for the Southeastern Region of Florida Public Archaeology Network. Her specialty within archaeology is the use of plants by prehistoric Native Americans. She has participated in digs throughout the southeastern United States for the past 20 years.
December: No Dade meeting or Tillandsia
January 26, 2010: "Cities, Climate Change and Ecological Landscaping" - Dr. Jack Parker, Professor Emeritus, FIU Department of Environmental Sciences
UPCOMING FIELD TRIP
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, Nov. 14, 2009: Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach. 9a.m. - noon. This park on the Oleta River is one of the oldest County parks in Miami-Dade. It is named for A.O. Greynolds, the head of Ojus Rock Company, who deeded the land to Dade County Parks in 1936. Once a rock quarry, the park is 249 acres, including hardwood hammock with oak canopy and mangrove forest. The land and river were used by Tequesta and Seminole Indians.
Visit www.miamidade.gov/parks for more description. The park contains historic buildings that were the focus of our October program by architect Rocco Ceo. We will spend the first part of the trip with Park Manager Chris Hernandez, looking at buildings and learning about the park's history and some of the conservation and preservation issues it faces. Then we will botanize on the nature trails in West Greynolds (west of the Oleta River) and/or East Greynolds (on Biscayne Bay), as time allows.
- Difficulty: Easy - walking on paths.
- Bring: $6 per car parking fee, sun protection, water. Bring lunch if you would like to picnic with the group afterward.
- Directions: For details please see the printed newsletter
Sunday, December 13: Chekika, Everglades National Park. 9 a.m. - noon.
This area was a private resort, then a state recreational area with a scenic swimming hole (fed by an artesian well gushing sulphur-laden water), picnic tables, nature trails, camping and a tiny museum. In 1985, the artesian well was capped due to concern that the brackish water might contaminate surface wells downstream. The park was transferred to ENP in 1991 and closed after Hurricane Andrew for restoration activities. Since Chekika's reopening, the amenities have been discontinued, nature has been reclaiming the area, and the park is closed seasonally due to high water. Our leader, Jonathan Taylor, Restoration Program Manager at ENP (and FNPS member), will show us the natural areas, hammock restoration and efforts to control non-native species. We will see wild-flowers in the wetlands, but it's also a great place for birds and butterflies - bring binoculars!
- Meet: 9 a.m. at the park entrance.
- Directions:For details please see the printed newsletter
- Difficulty: Moderate - walking in open areas, on boardwalks, roads and paths; possible optional walking into open prairie that might be a bit muddy or wet.
- Bring: Sun protection, bug spray (just in case), drinks. Long pants and shoes that can get muddy are advised.
Do you have suggestions for field trip destinations and leaders? Please let us know! (Contact Patty Phares, 305-255-6404, firstname.lastname@example.org)
KEYS BRANCH ACTIVITIES
To receive e-mail reminders of Keys branch activities, please contact Barb Moe, email@example.com. Remember that all chapter members are welcome at both Keys and Dade activities!
Meeting: Tuesday, December 8, Marathon Garden Club (mile marker 52.7 Bayside). Note the date change!
"The Best of Florida – Where to find great examples of our native plant communities" by former FNPS President Shirley Denton. Shirley has been a member and a driving force in the FNPS since 1987. She was recently awarded a Silver Palmetto Award for her outstanding service to the Native Plant Society.
Socializing, refreshments, merchandise sales, and plant ID begin at 7p.m. The program starts at 7:30 and is followed by a native plant raffle. Bring your plant donations!
Field trip: Saturday, December 12. Please RSVP for this trip to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-743-0978. Transportation to Pigeon Key is limited and requires us to reserve in advance.
- Part 1: From 9 to 9:45 a.m. we will tour/admire the native landscaping at the Marathon Community United Methodist Church (3010 Overseas Highway, mile marker 48.5 Bayside).
- Part 2: At 9:45, we will head to the Seven Mile Bridge for a Pigeon Key Work Day, 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Pigeon Key is in the process of removing invasive exotics and planting natives both at Pigeon Key and on the embankment at the east end of the Seven Mile Bridge. Come prepared to pull invasives or plant natives.
Other upcoming activities in Marathon:
- Feb. 16 -- Meeting in Marathon (TBA - suggestions welcome!)
- Feb. 20 -- Field trip to Bahia Honda State Park led by Florida DEP biologist and plant expert Janice Duquesnel.
- Apr. 20 -- Meeting in Marathon (Landscaping with Natives by Jeanette Hobbs, Florida Keys Audubon restoration guru)
- Apr. 24 -- Yard visits in Marathon (FNPS members Anne Wilson's and Joy Tatgenhorst’s homes)
Activities in Key Largo are being planned, with meetings tentatively scheduled for 3rd Tuesdays in January and March.
NATIVE GARDENING EVENT IN NMB
On Sunday, November 15, 2009, a casual social gathering will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 15251 NE 18th Avenue, North Miami Beach. The focus of the event will be on growing native plants and will feature two lectures on how and why to use natives in the home landscape. Plants will also be available for sale from Florida Naturescapes Native Nursery.
We hope you'll be there! If you have friends in the north part of Dade, please encourage them to come. A portion of the proceeds of the plant sales will benefit the Arch Creek Trust. If you have questions, please contact Ted Shaffer at 305-944-1290.
CHAPTER EVENTS AND NEWS
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Ramble, Friday to Sunday, November 20-22.
- Remember that this year, individual vendors will collect their own sales money, so bring cash or checks to purchase plants.
- We are still looking for volunteers for the educational display and plant sale. Please contact Gita Ramsay (786-877-7168, email@example.com) if you can help. If you are a volunteer at the Ramble (or a Fairchild member), you get in free!
- We also need plants and butterfly caterpillars for the educational display. Please contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have small potted natives, including butterfly-attracting plants and/or their associated caterpillars, to loan or donate.
Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society
Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Assoc.
Tropical Audubon Society and TREEmendous Miami
HOLIDAY POTLUCK PICNIC
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, noon – 3 p.m.
Rain or shine
A.D. Barnes Park - Shelter #2
3401 SW 72 Avenue (Bird Road and SW 72 Ave.)
Miami, FL 33155
Bring family, nature-loving friends and your favorite dish!
No glass beverage containers or pets, please.
Please RSVP by December 3 with the number attending, your potluck contribution (main dish, side/salad, or dessert) and your phone number.
"Non-chef" items are also needed.
Please contact Patty Phares:
305-255-6404 or email@example.com.
Chapter workday, Everglades National Park. Saturday, December 19, 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. Bring sun protection, and snacks to share, if you would like. New helpers, friends and children are welcome and encouraged to come! Everyone in your car gets into the park free after the workday. This is an ideal time of year to work in and visit the park -- nice weather and birds have arrived but the surge of tourists has not. For more information: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Butterfly Garden Project at the Deering Estate at Cutler.
The Deering Estate has asked for our help in designing a butterfly garden with native plants. Please contact Gita Ramsay (786-877-7168, email@example.com) to provide your suggestions for appropriate native plants for this project. Also, if you might be able to provide butterfly plants at some time in the future, please let Gita know now.
Welcome new members! Alice Christy, Chislaine Greene, Janet Hiles, Elizabeth McQuale -- all in Miami-Dade County.
Message from the Chapter President
For those who attend our monthly meetings in Dade, you have come to know the refreshment table and the delight it adds to our meetings. Our refreshment chair for many years, Patty Harris, has always taken great care to make a fun theme to go along with the excellent food donated by our members. She has now taken a new position within DCFNPS as Membership Chair. Please join me in wishing Patty the best of luck in improving our member-ship numbers and improving relations with our existing member-ship. Vivian Waddell is taking the job of Refreshment Coordinator. We wish her well in her new duties (of keeping us fed!)
Robert Harris, DCFNPS President
THE ANNUAL BOLLA & GANN
NATIVE PLANT HOLIDAY PARTY
January 9, 2010, 5 pm to 10 pm.
Joyce & Don Gann’s house
in the Redland (SW 154 Ave.)
All FNPS members and their families are invited.
Soup, salad and iced tea will be provided.
Please bring a dish to share (or whatever is needed for your special dietary restrictions) and BYOB!
Please RSVP to Mark Bolla at firstname.lastname@example.org
305-852-0242 or Joyce at 786-423-1881
for address and directions. The parking is in a hammock and on an unlit street so bring a flashlight.
NATIVE PLANT DAY - GET INVOLVED NOW!
Our next Native Plant Day will be on March 27, 2010, at Bill Sadowski Old Cutler Hammock in South Miami-Dade. Many of our chapter members have long enjoyed helping out with tasks, both large and small, to make Native Plant Day a reality. We certainly could not have had such wonderful events without all of your contributions! If you can help out in any capacity this time, please let Amy Leonard know by contacting her at 305-458-0969 (preferably, after 3 pm) at email@example.com. Please save the date and tell your friends and family. In addition to volunteers, we will need plant donations for the raffle and sale, so start potting up your plants now!
OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dade Native Plant Workshop. MDC Kendall campus Landscape Technology Center. 3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Bring at least three flowering/fruiting plants of any species (even if not the subject matter). The group discusses identification, experiences in growing the plants at home, and all sorts of interesting information. Contact Steve, 786-488-3101, Stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net. For directions see www.regionalconservation.org/ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp
- Nov. 17: Plants found in shell mounds
- Dec. 15: "Festive" plants. This is also our annual holiday pot-luck. Come celebrate with light fare and plants to study.
Broward Native Plant Society. Meets 7-9pm at the Agricultural Extension Service, 3245 College Ave., Davie. 954-370-3725 or www.npsbroward.org.
- Nov. 10 (Tuesday!): "Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Restoration" - Elizabeth Golden.
- Dec. 9: Meeting topic TBA
“Botanical Treasures of the Everglades”, Nov. 1-30, 2009, at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center. This art exhibit in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor by Kathleen Konicek-Moran features rare orchids, threatened bromeliads and other plants from the subtropical environment of the Everglades. An artist’s reception is November 15, 2 - 4:30 p.m. See www.nps.gov. and click on “Cypress Cathedral” for a podcast.
Learn how to live more sustainably at the
Earth N Us Urban Permaculture Design Course
For six consecutive weekends in the heart of Miami, starting January 9, 2010, we will explore the best ways to live a resilient, regenerative lifestyle.
- Learn to design human systems to reflect natural ecosystems and patterns
- Grow abundant organic food in small spaces, with little work
- Edible forest gardens, edible native gardens
- Green building and retrofitting - aesthetic and affordable
- Local and resilient economies
- Conscious community living
- … and much more!
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.
- Nov. 7-8: NATIVE PLANT & BOOK SALE. Support TAS's conservation efforts and buy great natives, used books and new books by local authors. Sat. 9a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9a.m.-3 p.m.
- Nov. 11: Monthly meeting. Sonny Bass, "Status of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in Everglades National Park." Doors open at 7:30 p.m., program at 8 p.m.
- Nov. 15: Breakfast, Birds & Butterflies, 8-11 a.m. and tour the Doc Thomas House at 11a.m. Bring your family and binoculars! FREE (donations welcome). RSVPs by Nov. 13 will be helpful. Contact Patty, 305-255-6404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nov. 21 & Dec. 19: Workday to restore native habitat at TAS, 8:30a.m.-1p.m. E-mail email@example.com.
Friends of the Gifford Arboretum, Univ. of Miami. See www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum or 305-284-5364 for directions.
- Dec. 5: Annual picnic and plant sale. Noon-?. Tours, food and friendship -- with all sorts of flora (native and exotic). You'll be impressed at the arboretum's new trees and recovery since the 2005 hurricanes!
Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association. See www.miamiblue.org or contact Elane Nuehring, 305-666-5727 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details of walks and other activities.
- Nov. 28: Butterfly counts on Loop Road, Big Cypress
- Dec. 19: South Glades butterflying trip
Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas workdays. See www.miamidade.gov/derm/endangered_lands.asp for details. RSVP at 305-257-0933 x227, email@example.com. Students earn Community Service Hours and others earn the heartfelt thanks of everyone in Miami-Dade County.
- Nov. 14: Nixon Smiley Pineland Preserve, SW 128 St., west of 127 Ave. (Native planting; not generally open to the public)
- Dec. 5: Oleta River Tract C Preserve, 16700 Biscayne Blvd. (cleanup and canoe trip - RSVP required!)
Native plants at the Miami Book Fair International, Nov. 8-15. Instead of areca palms, natives from Veber's Jungle Garden will grace entrances and share the stages with dozens of distinguished speakers! If you'd like to talk about native plants with other Fair-goers, Leslie Veber invites you to stop a while at her educational/sale booth at the Street Fair (Friday-Sunday).
FLORIDA KEYS SCENIC HIGHWAY CHEERS ALL-AMERICAN ROAD DESIGNATION
I just returned from the Big Pine Key stop of the special "Whistle-Stop Tour" along our State's Florida Keys Scenic Highway in celebration of the brand new (as of October 16) national designation, All-American Road. Our US1 Corridor is now the only All-American Road in Florida and one of only 31 in the entire country.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and years of work by many hundreds of Florida Keys Scenic Highway "boosters" -- including numerous eloquent FNPS members who wrote inspired letters to the National Scenic Byways (NSB) program -- our US1 Corridor has been launched to this highest status in the NSB System, that of All-American Road. At today's festivities, our Scenic Highway Corridor Alliance President, Judy Hull, spoke about this new "feather in our cap" for our entire 127 mile US1 Corridor. Not only will the new honor bring more tourists with a focus on all the unique characteristics of our Florida Keys, it also provides a greater opportunity to secure grants for enhancing the educational and natural habitat aspects of our Corridor.
Many of us view our Scenic Highway Corridor as a native plant buffer to our special natural areas. With the new national designation we are planning for a renewed effort to pull together our long over-due Landscape Management Plan (LMP), mandated in our Comprehensive Plan. The LMP should go a long way toward guiding the crews of FDOT and the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (of DEP's Office of Greenways and Trails), volunteers for the Trail, and adjacent property owners (of both public conservation areas and private property) toward the protection, maintenance and restoration of our natural areas buffer. Our Scenic Highway and All-American Road Corridor will only thrive as a result of this cooperation.
Submitted by Tina Henize, DCFNPS Keys Branch member, Scenic Highway and OHT volunteer, and Monroe County Invasive Exotic Plant Tech
FIELD TRIP REPORT: LONG KEY NATURAL AREA
By Chuck McCartney
Broward County’s Long Key Natural Area in the town of Davie is one of the legendary Seven Islands of Sam Jones, a series of tree islands once surrounded by Everglades marshes and now set in a sea of suburbia. It was on these islands that the rebellious Native American leader Aripeka (called Sam Jones by whites) led his people during the Second Seminole War as they sought to elude capture by U.S. troops bent on forcibly removing them to the far-off Oklahoma Indian Territory. But these islands were a place of human refuge long before the Seminoles were driven there from their homes farther north in the state. Archaeological evidence shows that the earlier Tequesta Indians also used Long Key centuries before the Seminoles arrived.
The Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society visited Long Key Natural Area on its September 26, 2009, field trip. We were accompanied by naturalist Linda Briggs of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division’s Environmental Section, which afforded us the opportunity to visit some parts of the preserve not usually accessible to the public.
Long Key is more a “natural area” in name than in fact because it has been so severely impacted by human activities, especially over the past century. Previously, parts of the preserve have been used for a citrus grove, an exotic plant nursery and even a Wild West theme park. It was also the location of a gaudy and elaborate restaurant called the Kapok Tree. Ornamental columns salvaged from the Kapok Tree have been used to surround a circular planting of native trees and shrubs near the entrance to the site’s new nature center and interpretive exhibit hall. This planting featured a nice display of Beautyberry in fruit during our visit.
From the nature center, a bridge crosses a man-made pond to the accessible area of the hammock. (Other parts are closed to the public because they contain sensitive archaeological sites.) A concrete-paved path winds through the hammock beneath the huge old Live Oak trees that dominate the site. The understory is sparse in places because vast numbers of exotic pest plants have been taken out (with many more still needing removal).
Our group also visited created wetland areas on the west and north sides of the property. In fact, because the whole preserve site had been so degraded over the years, much of the “natural area” is actually an attempt to re-create the environment that was there (or was thought to be there) historically. Still, we managed to see 75 species of plants in flower, whether they had been brought in with the restoration effort or occurred there naturally.
A blooming plant list may be forthcoming and posted on the Website at a later date
DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
[First published in the Tillandsia, November, 1986. Updated November, 2009]
You might like to have a real Florida touch when you decorate for your holiday party -- or anytime. Instead of flamingos and coconut palms, picture casual or formal arrangements of cuttings of native plants (and maybe some exotics) from your own yard. A little judicious trimming or some much-needed pruning could provide you with adequate materials. Jonathan Foote has compiled a few tips on constructing arrangements and a list of good materials (mostly native) to use.
First the rules:
- If you want your arrangement to match a specific color theme, spray plant materials with paint. Always use an undercoat of bright silver paint.
- Have both physical and visual balance in your arrangement. Balance the color, visual mass, etc.
- Manipulate your materials. Cut palm fronds into shapes; bend or twist sticks.
- To make wreaths, find supplies at a craft store. Attach materials to wire forms with clamps or to Styrofoam forms with "fern pins" (buy at a flower shop).
- Except for evergreens, fresh materials may last only a couple days. You may need to experiment or replace wilted pieces.
Now the materials:
Evergreens: Slash pine, sand pine (not in Dade), bald cypress, red cedar
Coarse textures: Seven year apple, red mangrove, myrsine, red-tip cocoplum, satin leaf (use it upside down!), wild dilly, sea grape, pigeon plum, sweet-bay, pitch-apple
Fine textures: Black ironwood, Florida privet, live oak
Christmas effect: Silver buttonwood, bay cedar, winged sumac, live oak, myrsine, marlberry. If they are in fruit, these add bright red color: hollies, lignum vitae, wild cinnamon, Christmasberry, firebush, wild coffee. Pair silver buttonwood with dahoon holly branches (leaves and berries) in a vase.
For an "exotic" look: Ferns, pitch-apple stems, sea grape leaves, palm fronds
For special interest: Cattails, mahogany pods or other seed pods, Fakahatchee grass and other grasses (flowering stalks). Add citrus and other long-lasting exotic fruits, or for short-term use, native fruits such as sea grapes, cocoplum, satin-leaf, etc.
Interesting containers: Driftwood, natural-looking containers, baskets, large shells, rocks
Wreaths and garlands: Grape stems (bend before drying), sea grape leaves (pin to Styrofoam), evergreens
Decorations on trees or wreaths: Pine cones (and other cones), winged sumac (fruiting heads), palm (flower stalks), pods (blackbead, exotics such as milkweed and Poinciana). Use decorations in singles or clusters.
Now be creative! Look for materials in your yard with interesting shape, texture, color or fragrance. You can make a modern look as well as a "country" look.
- See photos and descriptions of most of the plants listed in this article on the Website of The Institute for Regional Conservation, www.regionalconservation.org.
- Concerning pitch-apple, Clusia rosea -- is it native or not? The IRC says: "Intensive research in herbaria indicates that this is native to the lower Florida Keys, where it was probably extirpated and then reintroduced from cultivated plants. It is widely cultivated and escaping well outside of its historical range nearly throughout South Florida."
NURSERY NEWS - SHOP AT THE RAMBLE!
Several native plant nurseries and Fairchild will be selling native plants at the Ramble, November 20-22. There is no need to drive any farther than Coral Gables! Remember that individual vendors will collect their own sales receipts, and they generally will not take credit cards, so bring cash and checks.
These are just a few highlights in the list of species being sold by the vendors participating with the Dade Chapter FNPS.
Wildflowers and small plants: Beach verbena (Glandularia maritima), Blue porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis), Coontie (Zamia pumila), Hammock snakeroot (Ageratina jucunda), Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera), Pineland croton (Croton linearis), Pineland heliotrope (Heliotropium polyphyllum)
Shrubs and trees: Baycedar (Suriana maritima), Fiddlewood (Citharexylum spinosum), Simpson's stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans), White lantana (Lantana involucrata), Wild dilly (Manilkara jaimiqui subsp. emarginata)
- Wild allamanda (Pentalinon luteum) is a woody vine with glossy leaves and a showy, 2" wide yellow flower. It is found in SE Florida pinelands, hammocks and coastal thickets. It grows in full sun and nutrient-poor soils and is a larval host plant for polka-dot wasp moths. The sap is poisonous if ingested and can irritate the eyes and skin. Photo by: Shirley Denton/The Institute for Regional Conservation
- Rice button aster (Aster dumosus) is an herbaceous, shrubby, perennial wildflower found in pinelands, prairies and disturbed sites in eastern North America. White or blue flowers with yellow centers appear spring to fall. It is 2-4' tall and grows in full sun to light shade and nutrient poor soils. It is a larval host plant for pearl crescent butterflies.
- Florida privet (Forestiera segregata) is a wide shrub found in hammocks and hammock edges. (It is also understory shrub in pine rocklands, but pine rockland germ plasm is recommended.) Its dense, irregular crown and height of 8-15' in South Florida make it good for barriers. It can grow in nutrient poor soils and has high drought tolerance. Plant in full sun. The dark purple fruits on the female plants provide food for birds.
Information from Natives For Your Neighborhood, The Institute for Regional Conservation, www.regionalconservation.org.
RAISE FUNDS FOR FNPS: TWO EASY WAYS
There are two easy ways to raise funds for FNPS while sitting at your computer!
Use the Internet search engine GoodSearch. From GoodSearch.com, just select "FNPS, Melbourne" from the pull down menu and complete your Internet search. Each time you search, a penny is donated to FNPS.
Use GoodShop when purchasing online. From GoodShop.com, first select FNPS before you shop for office supplies, gifts, household goods. A percentage of the purchase price goes to FNPS. All brand name stores are in the GoodShop network.
KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS:
President: Robert Harris, 954-651-4176, firstname.lastname@example.org
General information: 786-340-7914
Refreshment coordinator, Dade meetings: Vivian Waddell 305-665-5168
Memberships: Patty Harris (305-262-3763)
DCFNPS Web page: http://dade.fnpschapters.org
Webmasters: Greg Ballinger and Haniel Pulido Jr. (email@example.com)
FNPS Chapter representative: Lynka Woodbury (305-667 1651x3427, firstname.lastname@example.org)
FNPS Web Page: http://www.fnps.org
FNPS Eco Action Alert List: Send email request to email@example.com
FNPS (state) office : 321-271-6702, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, email@example.com) and Elizabeth Kelly
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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