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In This Issue
- NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
- UPCOMING FIELD TRIP (DADE)
- KEYS BRANCH ACTIVITIES
- CHAPTER EVENTS AND NEWS
- NATIVE PLANT DAY NEEDS YOU!
- BUTTERFLY GARDEN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEERING ESTATE
- FNPS 30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
- OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- MARSH'S DUTCHMAN'S PIPE
- REDISCOVER THE FAKAHATCHEE BEFORE YOU GO
- STRANGE BUT TRUE
- KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS
- PAST ONLINE NEWSLETTERS
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Contact 305-255-6404 or email@example.com.
- 6 (Sat.): Workday and volunteer luncheon at ENP
- 16 (Tue.): Keys Branch meeting (Marathon)
- 20 (Sat.): Keys Branch field trip (Bahia Honda State Park)
- 21 (Sun.): Help prepare Native Plant Day postcards
- 23 (Tue.): Dade meeting (Georgia Tasker)
- Help package seeds before the meeting.
- 28 (Sun.): Dade field trip (Fakahatchee Strand)
- 16 (Tue.): Keys Branch meeting (Key Largo)
- 20 (Sat.): Keys Branch field trip (Key Largo ENP Ranger Station. (Also the March trip for the Dade group.)
- 23 (Tue.): Dade meeting (TBA)
- 27 (Sat.): NATIVE PLANT DAY at Bill Sadowski Old Cutler Hammock Park.
- Volunteer now!
May 20-23, 2010: Annual FNPS Conference in Tallahassee
See our online Calendar for more details and dates.
NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY
Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 7:30 pm, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Garden House, 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 6:45 pm: Help bag seeds to distribute at Native Plant Day and other events. (See Chapter News)
Program: "The Making and Remaking of a Garden” - Georgia Tasker, writer for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and former garden writer for the Miami Herald
Georgia Tasker will share her experiences in planning and planting and why her garden has taken its particular shape, color and texture. She will discuss some of the ideas that went into making the garden and some of the happy accidents that have occurred along the way.
Georgia writes and blogs for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. She was the garden writer for The Miami Herald for more than 30 years. She has received Fairchild’s highest honor, the Barbour Medal, and a lifetime achievement award from Tropical Audubon Society. Her book Wild Things, based on a series of her articles in the Miami Herald, was published by FNPS in 1984, and she received the Green Palmetto Award from FNPS in 1986. Georgia also is an avid photographer, gardener and traveler, and currently serves as chair of the Florida group of the Society of Woman Geographers.
This is Member Month - bring a friend!
March 23: Program TBA
UPCOMING FIELD TRIP
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 guests. Collecting is not permitted. Children are welcome. For carpooling, call Gwen (305-372-6569) or Patty (305-255-6404).
Sunday, February 28, 2010: Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. This very special place is known for its cypress trees and wealth of bromeliads, orchids (probably none in bloom now) and ferns. We will wade in cool water possibly over 2 feet deep, but we will try to take a moderate route until lunch time, at which point you may choose to leave or stay for more-challenging slogging. An easy add-on is a short boardwalk at the southern end of the strand 7 miles west of SR 29 on Tamiami Trail.
- Leaders: Russell Clusman and the Preserve's biologist, Mike Owen. Russ is an orchid enthusiast with extensive experience in the Fakahatchee.
- Bring/wear: Long pants and sleeves; sturdy, closed shoes that can get soaked; a walking stick (mop handle works) to help you negotiate underwater obstacles and climb over logs; water (to carry) and lunch (we’ll eat at the cars). Mosquitoes should not be out, but you may want to bring repellent. Pack anything valuable in plastic bags -- just in case. Dry pants and shoes for the ride home may feel good.
The meeting time and location, and directions to the preserve are in the print newsletter mailed to Dade Chapter FNPS members. Field trips are for members and their guests. Please join so that you can enjoy all the activities of the chapter!
Read more about the Fakahatchee later in this issue.
March 20: Everglades National Park's Key Largo Ranger Station and Science Center (organized by the Keys Branch).
KEYS BRANCH ACTIVITIES
To receive e-mail reminders of Keys branch activities, please contact Barb Moe, firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that all chapter members are welcome at both Keys and Dade activities!
Questions: Contact Lisa email@example.com or 305/743-0978
Meeting: February 16, 2010. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
- 7 PM – plant identification workshop (bring cuttings of mystery plants)
- 7:30 PM – Meeting and program
- After the program – native plant raffle. Please feel free to donate a plant for the raffle.
- Location: Marathon Garden Club, 5270 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 50.4 Bayside Marathon, FL
Program: Join us for a round table discussion and share your native gardening “Hits, Flops, and What You Would Change if You Knew Then What You Know Now”.
Field Trip: February 20, 2010. Bahia Honda State Park, Mile Marker 36.8 Bayside. The meeting time and place are in the print newsletter mailed to chapter members. Field trips are for FNPS members and their invited guests. Not a member? Join now!
Award winning - Expert - Florida Department of Environmental Protection Park Service Biologist Janice Duquesnel will lead the field trip through one of our best State Parks. Bahia Honda is home to a number of rare and seldom seen plant species, as well as, a large number of silver thatch palms.
- Park fee: Waived for field trip participants.
- Difficulty: The path is an easy walk. Be prepared for thirst, sun, heat, cold, wind, rain, uneven surfaces, etc.
CHAPTER EVENTS AND NEWS
Seed solicitation (donate anytime) and bagging seeds on February 23 (before the chapter meeting).
Do you have an overabundance of seeds in your garden? Want to stave off getting too many volunteers in your yard? We will GLADLY take your donations! DCFNPS has been handing out small baggies of seeds with a plant description at public events, and they are quite popular. We’d like your help to continue this by donating seeds or helping to prepare some baggies before our February 23 meeting. We’ll set up at 6:45 pm and work for about 30 minutes to fill dozens of packets.
In the past we’ve had blackbead, coontie, wild lime, dahoon holly, mahogany, coreopsis (local seed source), marlberry (dried first, please!), coral bean, privet cassia, and many more. If you can donate any of these or have other species to donate, please contact Amy Leonard, 305-458-0969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for helping spread the word about natives (and their seeds, too!)
Chapter Workday and Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at Everglades National Park, February 6.
Help weed, prune and plant around the Coe Visitors Center, 9 am to noon. Drinks, gloves and hand tools are provided, but you may want to bring your own and snacks to share. Bring sun protection. The Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is noon-2 pm on the ENP headquarters patio. New and long-time volunteers for the project are invited and encouraged to attend! Please RSVP immediately for the luncheon to Patty (email@example.com, 305-255-6404).
Welcome new members! Margaret Poppe, Jeff Shimonski (both in Miami-Dade)
NATIVE PLANT DAY NEEDS YOU!
Native Plant Day is on March 27, 2010, at Bill Sadowski Park at Old Cutler Hammock (Palmetto Bay). The day will be filled with activities, plant and book sales, raffles, nature walks and displays by other organizations. Bring the family, learn about a variety of landscaping and nature-related topics, or just enjoy a day with nature in Old Cutler Hammock. The event is free and open to the public. Please spread the word! More details will be in the Tillandsia and on the Chapter web site in March.
Your help is needed in several ways. Please contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, firstname.lastname@example.org), Gita Ramsay (786-877-7168, email@example.com) or Patty Phares (305-255-6404, firstname.lastname@example.org) as noted below.
•Help at Native Plant Day for a few hours at the chapter information table, entrance, book or plant sales, food sale, raffle, plant holding area, hands-on activities, parking, or "whatever is needed." You'll also have time to enjoy the event. We need a big crew, so this is the time to support the chapter with your help! Please contact Gita as soon as possible if you (or your family members) might be able to volunteer.
•Help prepare postcards on February 21 to advertise Native Plant Day. If you’ve been shy about helping before, this is something anyone can do to make the event a success. If you can join us any time between 2 and 4 pm at Coral Gables Congregational Church (across from the Biltmore), we’d love to have your help! Please contact Amy.
•Help distribute small stacks of postcards at businesses or other community gathering places (Whole Foods, libraries, etc.) or place notices in other newsletters. Please contact Amy.
•Help set up on Friday, March 26. Please contact Amy.
•Raffle and chapter plant sale donations. Wildflowers, butterfly-attracting plants, or other herbaceous plants (4” to 1 gallon) and less common shrubs and trees (1-3 gallon) native to Dade, Monroe, or Broward are highly desired and appreciated. Non-plant items (books, tools, art, entrance passes, services, etc.) are also popular in the raffle. Please groom your plants now so they will look good in March. Please contact Amy.
•Loan butterfly larvae and potted larval host/nectar plants or other interesting display plants or items. Please contact Patty.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN PARTNERSHIP WITH DEERING ESTATE
Native Butterfly plants needed! We are working with the Deering Estate to help design a joint butterfly garden. The Estate is only allowed to use plants propagated on site or donated, so please donate seeds, cuttings, seedlings, or plants they can cultivate for inclusion in our joint garden. Donations are made to the non-profit branch, the Deering Estate Foundation, and if you include an itemized list of materials donated, you will also receive a 'thank you letter’ for your donation.
Please let Gita, know what plants you can offer (email@example.com, 786-877-7168). A partial list of suggested plants is below, but feel free to include other appropriate plants as well. You may bring the seeds, plants, cuttings or seedlings to me at one of our chapter meetings.
More info on this and other projects with Deering will be presented at the March or April meeting. Thanks for your help!
- Pineland passion vine, Passiflora pallens
- Mexican senna, Senna mexicana var. chapmanii
- Wild lime, Zanthoxylum fagara
- Corkystem passionvine, Passiflora suberosa
- Pineland acacia, Acacia pinetorum
- Locustberry, Byrsonima lucida (also nectar plant)
- Creeping Charlie, Phyla nodiflora (also nectar plant)
- Red bay, and swamp bay, Persea borbonia,P. palustris
- Coontie, Zamia pumila
- Deering partridge pea, Chamaecrista deeringiana
- Partridge pea, Chamaecrista fasciculata
- Privet senna, Senna ligustrina
- Wild alamanda, Pentalimon lutium
- Low rattlebox, Crotalaria pumila (host, moth)
- Milkpea, Galactia spp.
- Pineland croton, Croton liniaris (also nectar)
- Little strongback, Bourreria cassinifolia
- Firebush (native var.), Hamelia patens
- Blue porterweed (native), Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
- Lantana spp. (native species only, please)
- Wild Coffee, Psychotria nervosa
- Scorpiontail, Heliotropium angiospermum
- Blackbead, Pithecellobium keyense
- Purple thistle, Cirsium horridulum
- Pineland heliotrope, Heliotropium polyphyllum
- Tickseed, Coreopsis levenworthii
- Florida gamagrass, Tripsicum floridanum
- Snowberry, Chiococca alba and C. parvifolia
FNPS 30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Rooted in History, Forever Blooming
May 20-23, 2010, Tallahassee, Florida
See www.fnps.org for conference and registration details as they become available. (You will also be able to receive print materials upon request.) Stay tuned!
Applications for Landscape and Restoration Awards, Research Grants and Conservation Grants are also available online (deadline March 5, 2010).
In the Landscape and Restoration Awards Program, there are categories for every conceivable landscape project. An award gives the recipient a well-deserved pat on the back, but it also helps promote native plants in our communities, so don't be too modest to apply! Please consider submitting your own garden or project in your community. Recommend the awards program to others -- applicants do not need to be FNPS members.
OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Broward Native Plant Society. Meets 7-9pm at the Agricultural Extension Service, 3245 College Ave., Davie. 954-370-3725 or www.npsbroward.org. February 10: "Holistic Gardening." How healing the body naturally correlates to a healthy environment using native plants to create a sustainable earth. Ted Shaffer AP, currently practices Chinese integrative medicine and is Vice-President, Dade Chapter FNPS.
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. Contact Steve, 786-488-3101, Stevewoodmansee@bellsouth.net. See www.regionalconservation.org/ircs/aboutus/Outreach.asp.
- Feb. 16: Malvaceae, the mallow family
Friends of the Gifford Arboretum, Univ. of Miami. See www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum or 305-284-5364.
- Feb. 9: Tour, 5 pm. "Trees of Africa and the African diaspora" with Dr. John Cozza. Meet in the Arboretum.
- Mar. 3: Meeting, 7pm. Edible Landscapes by Dr. Ron Mossman. Cox Science Bldg., Room 166.
Tropical Audubon Society. Doc Thomas House, 5530 Sunset Dr., Miami. 305-667-7337, www.tropicalaudubon.org. These activities are open to the public and most are free.
- Feb. 10: Monthly meeting. Photographer Joel Rosenthal provides highlights of trips to cloud- and rainforests in Central and South America in search of rare, colorful and beautiful birds. Doors open at 7:30 pm, program at 8 pm.
- Feb. 13: Porter-Russell Pineland walk with Joe Barros. See wildflowers, butterflies and birds. Directions on the Website.
- Feb. 20: Workday. Help enhance the native plant habitat at the Doc Thomas House, 8:30 am-1 pm.
- Feb. 24: Conservation meeting - discussion is open to all
- Feb. 27-28: NATIVE PLANT AND BOOK SALE. Support TAS's conservation efforts by landscaping your yard. 9-5 Saturday, 9-3 Sunday.
- Feb. 6 and 20: Kayaking trips (with birding and photography). Registration required.
- Spring Conservation Concert Series at TAS. Enjoy a Friday evenings of music on the lawn! A donation bar, appetizers and picnic tables will be available. Blankets and picnic baskets are welcome. The minimum entrance donation of $10 will help TAS restore its educational facilities. 7pm on February 19, March 12 and April 16.
- To receive a free monthly e-mail TAS newsletter with up to the minute information on activities and conservation news: send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't need to be a member of TAS.
Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association. See www.miamiblue.org or contact Elane Nuehring, 305-666-5727 or email@example.com for "butterflying" walks and other activities.
- Feb. 7: Meeting at Castellow Hammock Park, 1 pm. Fire effects monitoring of Pineland Croton in ENP to assess the impacts on two rare butterflies - by Aerin Land.
Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas workdays. See www.miamidade.gov/derm/endangered_lands.asp for details. RSVP at 305-257-0933 x227, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Feb. 6: Matheson Hammock Preserve (9610 Old Cutler Rd)
- Feb. 20: Seminole Wayside Park and Preserve (29901 S. Dixie Hwy)
The Delicate Balance Of Nature 2010 Lecture Series
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM 102.5, Key Largo. Gate opens at 7 p.m. Free. Seating is limited. More information: 305-451-9570 or http://floridastateparks.net/keylargohammock.
- Feb. 10: Returning A Sea Urchin To The Reefs; How Hard Can That Be? - Martin Moe, Mote Marine Laboratory
- Feb. 17: Invasion of the Indo-Pacific Lionfish: Born in the Wrong Sea - Lad Adkins, Reef Environmental Education Foundation
- Feb. 24: Bottlenose Dolphins in Florida Bay and Biscayne Bay - Jenny Litz, National Marine Fisheries Service
- Mar. 3: Birds of the Florida Keys: What Does the Future Hold? - Rick Bonney, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Mar. 10: Seagrasses Within Florida Bay, Everglades National Park: Challenges and Successes - Tracy Ziegler, Everglades National Park.
2010 BioBlitz - April 30 and May 1. Biscayne National Park and National Geographic will connect students and the community with scientists to count species of every kind in Biscayne National Park. The event promotes science education, provides students with access to scientists and celebrates biodiversity. If you would like to participate in water-based and dry-land inventory of species, or if you know a school group or scout troop (age 10 or older) who might enjoy participating, please register online. Registration required for the April 30th work with scientist-led teams will be available in March 2010. On May 1st there will be a Biodiversity Festival with demonstrations, scientists, activities for all ages, and exhibitors - all free and open to the public. For more information and registration, see www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz.
Tropical Forest Topics Professional Speaker Series at the Key West Tropical Forest and Garden. February 7, 2-3:30 pm - Dr. Stuart Pimm, the new Director of Conservation "A Hot Spot in the Tropics." Free for members, $10 for non-members. See www.keywestbotanicalgarden.org or call 305-296-1504.
MARSH'S DUTCHMAN'S PIPE
article and photo by Roger L. Hammer
In Florida, the Birthwort Family (Aristolochiaceae) is represented by three native species. Virginia Snakeroot (Aristolochia serpentaria) is frequent in northern Florida south into the central peninsula, and Wooly Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia tomentosa) is occasional in Florida's panhandle. But, a notably rare native species in Florida is Marsh's Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia pentandra), currently known from just one small population in Broward County, and on Elliott Key in Miami-Dade County. It was historically present in the Florida Keys of Monroe County as well, but has apparently been extirpated there. Globally, the species ranges from southern Florida, Texas, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Greater Antilles. It was first collected by botanist Ernest G. Marsh, Jr. in Mexico, hence the common name (a synonym is Aristolochia marshii).
A. pentandra is a twining herbaceous or semi-woody vine with heart-shaped leaves that alternate along the stems. The leaves are 2–4" long with an equal width. The small vase-like flowers are brown with a green base and measure about 1" long and 1/4" wide, emerging from the leaf axils. As do many members of this genus, the flowers emit a rank odor reminiscent of rotting meat, which is a ploy by the plant to attract flies as pollinators. A. pentandra attracts small flies that crawl down the floral tube, which then become trapped by hairs that angle downward. The hairs soon wither away, allowing the flies to escape and carry pollen to another flower. The fruits split open from the top and resemble an upside down parasol, releasing seeds to the wind.
Aristolochia is a Greek word meaning "best delivery," alluding to the flower shape of some species that resemble a human fetus in the best position for delivery. Another common name for members of this genus is Birthwort, relating to medicinal uses to aid in childbirth. The word wort, attached to many plant names, is an old English name for plant. The species name, pentandra, means "with five stamens." The common names "Dutchman's Pipe" and "Pipevine" both relate to the flower shape of some species, and are an allusion to old-fashioned Meerschaum pipes, once common in the Netherlands and northern Germany.
Although there are many noted medicinal uses, aristolochias are toxic and can cause severe damage to the kidneys if consumed. Although toxic to humans, the leaves of aristolochias serve as larval food for the Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas) and the Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). It is for this reason that many gardeners cultivate Pipevines, although some non-native species can be aggressive and escape cultivation. There are five exotic species documented in Florida, and one species (A. littoralis) is on a "please phase out" list by the Florida Nursery & Growers Association.
While working on a wildflower guide for the Florida Keys (Globe Pequot Press, 2004), I made a boat trip to Elliott Key across Biscayne Bay in Biscayne National Park. I was in search of Marsh's Dutchman's Pipe to photograph for the guide because few people have ever seen this species in the wild, and photos of the flowers have never been in any Florida wildflower guides. As I was walking along the ocean side of the island, I noticed three Polydamas Swallowtails flitting along the edge of the hammock. Two of them flew off but one of them kept lingering around and then began flying low and dipping down onto the leaves of a vine that was scrambling across the coastal vegetation. She was laying eggs on the object of my search! Thinking back, I don't ever recall using a bug to locate a plant for me to photograph.
Roger Hammer is Senior Interpretive Naturalist, Miami-Dade Parks Department, and Manager of Castellow Hammock Nature Center. He is also a speaker, instructor, field trip leader, wildflower photographer and author of several books about South Florida
REDISCOVER THE FAKAHATCHEE BEFORE YOU GO
You may enjoy reading (or re-reading) some articles on the Fakahatchee in past FNPS publications -- even if you don't go on the chapter field trip in February.
To read the first three, dig in your old stack of The Palmetto, or see http://www.fnps.org/ and click on Publications - Palmetto - Index and Selected Reprints. (This is great source for other interesting articles.)
• Plant Adaptations in the Fakahatchee - Dan Austin, Fall 1998 (listed erroneously as 1988 on the Website)
"We know of 484 plant species within the preserve, and endangered species constitute almost one-quarter (22.5%) of them. … Adaptations for tropical living abound in Fakahatchee…. Many of the flowering species have self-fertilizing flowers. That adaptation allows them to survive without pollinators on the northern fringe of their ranges. Other specializations are diverse."
Austin discusses royal palms which are able to grow because they sprout above the water on stumps or fallen logs. Or, the powdery catopsis (Catopsis berteroniana) is carnivorous and has a slick surface which makes insects slide into its "tanks" of water. These are only two of the many interesting adaptations discussed.
• Footloose in the Fakahatchee - A longing for wilderness - Roger Hammer, Fall 1998.
This is Roger's account of "five days in 1979 wading its entire eighteen mile length, sleeping in a jungle hammock suspended above the swamp water." Roger urges everyone to visit the Fakahatchee but also says, "Swamps are special places that need to be known intimately, yet to me, knowing the Fakahatchee intimately matters less than simply knowing that it's there."
• Evil Weevil Found in Fakahatchee - Olan Ray Creel, September, 2002.
Creel discusses the invasion of the exotic weevils threatening bromeliads in Florida and includes an essay on "The Value of Bromeliads" adapted from http://savethebromeliads.ifas.ufl.edu.
"Bromeliads are life-supporting components of the ecosystems in which they are found. … The base of large leaf axils of mature Tillandsia utriculata may contain water throughout the year in South Florida, and up to 1.3 liters … " The article describes how insects, worms, frogs, snakes, spiders, insects, bats, and birds (even great horned owls) utilize bromeliads in Florida. Bromeliads also "provide an opportunity for teaching about many biological and environmental themes."
Two other articles from the Tillandsia are online at http://dade.fnpschapters.org/../../pastnewsletters/ .
• Lost for a Century by Russell Clusman (March 2004).
Excerpt: "Mike Owen, the park’s biologist, and his assistant, Karen Relish, teamed up on their northerly trek.… Something different caught [Karen's] eye so she called out to Mike for further examination. There on a seven-foot-long prostrate log laden with moss was a group of small plants with their roots embedded in the abundant moss. Several plants were in bloom and after a cursory examination, Mike believed they were orchids, so they carefully removed a specimen for identification…. Upon seeing it, I immediately identified it as Cranichis muscosa and 1903 flashed in my mind like a blinking neon sign. But could this really be?"
• Rare Orchid Rediscovered by Chuck McCartney (May 2009).
Excerpt: "An orchid species last seen in Florida nearly 30 years ago was rediscovered in March – at a place where it had never been reported before. And on top of that, it was the largest colony of this species ever reported in the state. The rediscovered orchid is a small tropical spiranthoid called Cyclopogon elatus, and it was found in Florida’s fabled Fakahatchee Strand during the annual weekend Central Slough Survey organized by biologist Mike Owen of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park … Miami environmental scientist Chris Little gets credit for the rediscovery of Cyclopogon elatus on March 14."
STRANGE BUT TRUE
by Karsten Rist
[Reprinted from the February 1993 Tillandsia. Karsten and Carol Rist now live in Durham, N.C.]
The Christmas freeze in 1989 did severe damage to the Geiger tree in our back yard. All its leaves dropped from the 10-foot diameter canopy. When I finally saw new growth in the spring of 1990, it appeared at the very end of the larger branches. The appearance of the tree reminded me of an oversized Brussels sprouts plant. After a full growing season, I felt that the tree had recovered enough, so in the spring of 1991 I cut it back and gave it a more conventional shape.
My plan failed miserably. Not a single new leaf appeared on the tree. After several months I resigned myself to the fact that the tree had succumbed to the major surgery I had subjected it to. It turned out that the dead branches provided as excellent perch for the birds which came to our birdbath. This fact and a number of other projects placed the job of cutting down the dead tree low on my priority list.
Then came Hurricane Andrew [in August 1992]. The dead Geiger tree and bird bath were the last things I worried about. With the exception of the Lignum vitae, all of the branches in our backyard were bare. The sugarberry was the first tree to sport new leaves only two weeks after the storm.
Just about that time my son asked me innocently when I had last looked at my Geiger tree. Something unusual must have happened. I looked out the kitchen window, and what do you know, the Geiger tree had started to sprout! It now has three healthy branches with leaves as big as saucers. I think I will give it one full season to recover.
KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS:
President: Robert Harris, 954-651-4176, email@example.com
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FNPS Chapter representative: Lynka Woodbury (305-667 1651x3427, email@example.com)
FNPS Web Page: http://www.fnps.org
FNPS Eco Action Alert List: Send email request to firstname.lastname@example.org
FNPS (state) office : 321-271-6702, email@example.com
Tillandsia editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com 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.
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