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April 2010

In This Issue

CONTENTS

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.

ACTIVITIES-AT-A-GLANCE

April 2010

  • 10 (Sat.): Chapter workday at ENP
  • 17 (Sat.): Dade field trip (Coastal Prairie Trail, ENP)
  • 20 (Tue.): Keys Branch meeting (Marathon)
  • 24 (Sat.): Keys Branch field trip (Marathon yards)
  • 24-25 (Sat.-Sun.): Spring sale, Fairchild Trop. Bot. Garden
  • 27 (Tue.): Dade meeting (Pineland croton)

May 2010

  • 20-23: Annual FNPS Conference in Tallahassee
  • 25 (Tue.): Dade meeting (program TBA)
  • Date TBA: Dade field trip (Virginia Key)

See our online Calendar for more details and dates.

NEXT MEETING IN DADE COUNTY

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7:30 pm, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Corbin Building, 10901 Old Cutler Road.  Free and open to the public. Refreshments begin at 7:15 pm. Merchandise sales are before and after the program (cash/checks only).  The plant raffle follows the program.  

Before the meeting at 7pm: Chapter members -- come early to give your input on any topics you may wish to discuss with board members.

"Fire Effects Monitoring of Pineland Croton in Everglades National Park" - Aerin D. Land, Biological Science Technician, Fire and Aviation Management, Everglades National Park

The fire-dependant pine rocklands ecosystem supports diverse communities of flora and fauna, including many rare and imperiled species.  Fire is an essential, but sometimes controversial, tool used to maintain the structure and diversity of this habitat.  In 2005, monitoring was initiated to assess the impact of fire on two rare butterflies, the Florida leafwing and Bartram’s Hairstreak, and their host plant, pineland croton (Croton linearis).   Learn about the results and how they might affect adaptive fire management to maintain rare butterfly habitats. 

Also, George N. Avery Award recipients Victor Moas, Jesus Melendez and Robert Wollberg will speak about their science fair project, "Breaking the Dormancy of Senna mexicana Seeds."

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UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS

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 Patty (305-255-6404).

Saturday, April 17: Coastal Prairie Trail, Everglades National Park.  According to the ENP website, "this old road once used by cotton pickers and fishermen.  Open prairies of succulent coastal plants dotted with shady buttonwoods surround you as you journey towards the shore of Florida Bay."   We will enjoy the interesting array of plants with ENP biologist Jimi Sadle.  We will also learn about changes to the area over the past several decades due to events such as Hurricane Donna in 1960, the hurricanes of 2005 and invasion of exotics. We last visited this area in February 2005, so expect to see changes.   It could be hot and buggy, but we'll take it easy, and a trip with Jimi is always immensely informative and enjoyable. 

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KEYS BRANCH ACTIVITIES

To receive e-mail reminders of Keys branch activities, please contact Barb Moe, barbmoe@bellsouth.net.  Remember that all chapter members are welcome at both Keys and Dade activities.

Meeting: Tuesday, April 20.    Marathon Garden Club, mile marker 52.7 Bayside. Come at 7 pm for socializing and plant ID.  The program starts at 7:30 and is followed by the native plant raffle.  Please bring plant donations for the raffle!

Field trip: Saturday, April 24.  Yard visits in Marathon to the native plant landscaping at the homes of Anne Wilson and Joy Tatgenhorst.  Begin at Joy's at 69th Street Ocean.  More details will be available at the meeting and in the e-mail reminder (if you have signed up for that).  Or for more information: Lisa at 305-743-0978 or ledzepllg@bellsouth.net

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APRIL EVENTS - VOLUNTEER OR ENJOY

Chapter volunteers are needed for three events in April.  Please contact Amy Leonard (305-458-0969, aleonar74@yahoo.com), if you can help by setting up a chapter information table (the first two events) or helping answer plant questions (the FTBG spring sale).  Or if you can't help, just attend to enjoy!

April 10: 14th Annual Miami River Day at Lummus Park in downtown Miami, 11am-4pm.  This free festival celebrates the history and culture of Miami’s working river.  Riverboat tours, live music, children activities, environmental education, historical re-enactors, art displays, music of Lanny Smith and The Earthman Project, the Spam Allstars, and The Resolvers. (www.miamirivercommission.org)

April 18: EarthFest, noon - 6pm at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne.  Annual event sponsored by Miami-Dade Parks and Earth Learning.  Hands-on workshops, demonstrations, "green vendors", environmental organizations, organic and vegetarian food and music, tram tours, nature walks, kids' activities.  Parking fee $6 and causeway fee.  (www.earthfest.us)

April 24-25: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Food and Garden Festival and the 31st Annual Spring Plant Sale.  The chapter will have one or more native plant vendors participate, but some extra help to answer the shopper's questions helps ensure that the shoppers are getting the rights plants for their needs.  The chapter gets a small cut of the proceeds, and this is an educational opportunity as well.  The festival is a new addition, and will feature cooking demonstrations and a farmer's market. (www.fairchildgarden.org)

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL CHAPTER MEETING - NEW BOARD MEMBERS ARE NEEDED

At the May 25 chapter meeting, members will elect new chapter board members and attend to any other business brought to the floor.  Is it time for you to serve on the Dade Chapter board?  The President, Vice-President and some Directors at Large will be elected this year for two year terms.  A slate will be presented by the nominating committee for approval by the membership.

If you might be interested in serving on the board or would like to nominate someone else, please contact Ted Shaffer, Vice-President and chair of the nominating committee (TedShaffer@bellsouth.net, 305-498-6266) as soon as possible.  You can talk to Ted or other board members about what is involved.  The main qualifications are enthusiasm and a desire to see the chapter thrive.  You don’t have to be a botanist - a variety of skills are always needed on the board.

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CHAPTER NEWS

Chapter Workday at Everglades National Park: April 10, 9am-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).

July Evening Yard Visit and Social meeting - in your yard?  Instead of meeting at Fairchild, we visit a member's yard for a casual yard tour and potluck dinner.  The yard does not need to be all native or a fancy showcase.  The night is traditionally our usual meeting night, but this is not required.  If you might be interested, please contact Ami Frey as soon as possible (amidafrey@hotmail.com, 305-854-3551).

Welcome new members! 

Native butterfly plants are still needed for the chapter's butterfly garden project with the Deering Estate.    Please contact Gita (gita.ramsay@gmail.com, 786-877-7168).  See details and suggested plants in the February Tillandsia.  Seeds, cuttings and potted plants are being accepted.

Photos are needed to document the chapter's history in the 1980s and 1990s.  Digital, slide or print photos would be appreciated.  Please contact Lynka Woodbury (lwoodbury@fairchildgarden.org, 305-667-1651 x3427) or Patty Phares (pphares@mindspring.com, 305-255-6404) if you have photos of people, special events, awards presentations, etc.

Remember that DCFNPS is now on Facebook.  See  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dade-Chapter-of-the-Florida-Native-Plant-Society/110373246810

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FNPS 30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Rooted in History, Forever Blooming

May 20-23, 2010, Tallahassee, Florida

Register now online at www.fnps.org.  For questions or for information by mail, contact FNPS at 321-271-6702 or info@fnps.org.  Field trips can fill up fast, so register soon.

If you have never been to a FNPS conference, or never tromped around the Panhandle, or would like a mini-vacation, you should definitely try to go. 

If you would like to try to find other members to share a ride or room at the conference, please contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com).

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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Broward Native Plant Society.  Meets 7-9pm at the Agricultural Extension Service, 3245 College Ave., Davie.  954-370-3725 or www.npsbroward.org. 

Friends of the Gifford Arboretum, Univ. of Miami.  See www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum or 305-284-5364. 

The Institute for Regional Conservation.  Volunteer Workday at Miami Metrozoo’s pine rocklands, April 10, 9am-2pm.  The IRC is hosting a Volunteer Workday as part of its Pine Rockland Initiative to restore this globally imperiled habitat.  Removal of the invasive Brazilian Pepper and Burmareed will be the primary goal.  Individuals and groups should contact Jim Duquesnel at The IRC (305-505-9192) for more details.  Refreshments and a barbecue lunch will be provided.  Wear long sleeves/pants, closed shoes, hat; bring gloves and refillable water bottle.  Meet at “Gate 2” at Metrozoo (12400 Southwest 152nd Street) to get a ride to the worksite.

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. To receive a free monthly e-mail TAS newsletter with up to the minute information on activities and conservation news: send your name to tropicalaudubon@gmail.com.  You don't need to be a member of TAS.

Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas workdays.  See www.miamidade.gov/derm/endangered_lands.asp for details. RSVP at 305-257-0933 x227, eel@miamidade.gov

 Join thousands of volunteers for the largest shoreline cleanup of its kind in South Florida (9am-noon), followed by an Earth Day celebration at the Deering Estate (11am-1pm).  There are also a host of other activities as part of the month-long celebration.

Miami Blue Chapter, North American Butterfly Association.  See www.miamiblue.org or contact Elane Nuehring, 305-666-5727 or miamiblue@bellsouth.net for more info and schedule of butterflying trips.

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 http://nativeplantworkshop.ning.com/.  Joining the new networking site will enable you to receive notices of meetings and post your own photos of plants, but don't have to join to see the site.  The April 20 workshop topic is Halophytic (salt loving) plants.

The 22nd Annual
John C. Gifford Arboretum Lecture
April 8, 2010, 7pm
Cox Science Building 126, University of Miami

"DNA Barcoding in Plants: The Future of Identification, Discovery and Conservation of Tropical Biodiversity"

by Dr. John Kress, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. 

The lecture is preceded by an arboretum tour at 6pm and followed by a reception at 8:30.  Don't miss this informative, enjoyable, free annual event!  More details at www.bio.miami.edu/arboretum or 305-284-5364.

 

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FAIRCHILD NEEDS NATIVE SEEDS

FTBG is expanding its native collection and is seeking seeds and plants of species that are not readily available in the nursery trade.  We are particularly interested in grasses and wildflowers, even small quantities are welcome.  We will be accepting material continually, so please keep us in mind during the coming months for plants that may not have seed now.  Please contact Hillary Burgess at 305-667-1651 ex 3343 or hburgess@fairchildgarden.org if you are interested in donating material.  The following is a "wish list" of some desired plants.

Solidago odora var. chapmanii – Chapman’s goldenrod
Solidago stricta – wand goldenrod
Stillingia sylvatica – Queen’s delight
Physalis walteri – ground cherry
Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia – Carolina scalystem
Aster adnatus – scale leaf aster
Melanthera parvifolia – Everglades squarestem
Jacquemontia curtisii – pineland jacquemontia
Passiflora pallens – pale passionflower
Samolus ebracteatus – water pimpernel
Gaura angustifolia – southern beeblossom
Teucrium canadense – wood sage
Vernonia blodgettii – Florida ironweed
Stenandrium dulce – pineland pinklet
Buchnera americana – bluehearts
Clematis baldwinii – pine hyacinth
Trichostema dichotomum – forked blue curls
Scutellaria havanensis – Havana skullcap
Dyschoriste angusta – pineland twinflower

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GEORGE N. AVERY AWARD FOR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS - PART II

by Gita Ramsay

We are pleased to announce another excellent science fair project presentation to take place at the Dade Chapter meeting on April 27th.  Victor Moas, Jesus Melendez, and Robert Wollberg, from Christopher Columbus High School, will speak about their project, "Breaking the Dormancy of Senna mexicana Seeds."

Abstract

Senna mexicana is a plant native to the pine rocklands and hammocks of southern Florida and parts of the Caribbean.  The purpose of this experiment was to determine if the dormancy in the seeds of S. mexicana could be broken by reproducing certain environmental conditions.  400 seeds were used in this experiment.  They were divided into 4 groups of 100, given different treatments intended to mirror environmental conditions, and placed in Petri dishes for observation.  100 seeds were given no treatment and were used as a control.  Another 100 seeds were baked for 5 minutes at 80 degrees Celsius, in an attempt to reproduce the effects of a forest fire.  In the third group of 100 seeds, the outer seed coat of each seed was nicked using a straight–edged razor.  This treatment was intended to reproduce the effects of physical scarification in the rocky and abrasive pine rockland environment.  The last 100 seeds were exposed to muriatic acid (diluted HCL) for 5 minutes.  This treatment was intended to reproduce the acidic conditions of an animal’s stomach.

The results were as follows: moderate germination in the control, poor germination in the baked group and in the group exposed to acid, and high germination in the group which received the nicking treatment.  These results prove that the dormancy in S. Mexicana seeds can be broken by reproducing certain environment al conditions.  In particular, reproducing natural abrasion with a razor blade can be used to break the dormancy of S. Mexicana seeds.

Victor Moas, who also won an Avery award in 2009 and was a finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last year.  He has volunteered with the Center for Tropical Plant Conservation at FTBG, and been accepted to several prestigious universities in Florida.  We thank Victor for teaching his team members how to do an excellent science fair project!

Jesus Melendez, originally from Puerto Rico, and transferred to Miami in the 6th grade.  He is a member of the Science Honor Society, Rho Kappa (History Club), Pre-Med Club, and a Mas Family Scholar.  He also plays on the school’s volleyball team and volunteers through his church.

Robert Wollberg is a senior and plans to study chemical engineering and music in college.  He plays guitar with his high school jazz band and has been a member of the high school swimming team for four years. 

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FAKAHATCHEE FIELD TRIP 2010: EPIPHYTES GALORE

By Chuck McCartney

      Crisp, clear midwinter weather greeted the group of 25 members of the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (including several from the Keys) who ventured into Southwest Florida’s famed Fakahatchee Strand for the chapter’s February 28 field trip. The goal was a beautiful slough on the west side of W.J. Janes Scenic Memorial Drive, which is the strand’s access road.

      The intrepid “swamp trompers” were led by FNPS member Russ Clusman, now a veteran Fakahatchee trekker who says his first introduction to the strand was on a Dade Chapter field trip there in 1998. Joining Russ in shepherding the large group through the slough were popular and knowledgeable Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park biologist Mike Owen and environmental consultant Jack Lange of the FNPS Broward Chapter.

      As the group spread out along the route and explored in knee-deep (or deeper) water, the slough yielded a bounty of interesting tropical plants – especially epiphytes, those fascinating plants that grow on trees.

      Thirteen orchid species were observed, two of those in flower: Epidendrum anceps (which Mike Owen calls the Roller Coaster Orchid because of its leaf arrangement and which bears small clusters of little greenish flowers); and Prosthechea cochleata var. triandra (the Clamshell Orchid, with its purple, shell-like lip pointing upward) illustrated below. Many plants of the latter were full of their distinctive three-sided seed capsules because the flowers are self-pollinating.

      Other orchids in fruit were: Epidendrum nocturnum (the large Night-Scented Epidendrum); Epidendrum rigidum (a weedy little species); Habenaria floribunda (the Tooth-Petal Rein Orchid); and Malaxis spicata (the diminutive Florida Adder’s Mouth Orchid). The latter two species are normally terrestrial but in the swamp, they grow on floating logs, cypress knees and the bases of Pond Apple (Annona glabra) and Pop-Ash (Fraxinus caroliniana) trees.

      Two of Florida’s three fascinating leafless orchids related to the African angraecoids were observed in fruit, too: Dendrophylax porrectus (the tiny Jingle Bell Orchid formerly known as Harrisella porrecta); and Campylocentrum pachyrrhizum (the flat-rooted Ribbon Orchid).

      Of orchids seen that weren’t in flower or fruit, one of the most interesting was the vine-like Vanilla phaeantha. Even though this is Florida’s most common native leafy Vanilla species, its range is mostly confined to the Fakahatchee, where it is relatively widespread, although it recently has been refound in Everglades National Park.

      But perhaps the prize find of the trip orchid-wise was a single robust plant of Epidendrum floridense (a species long misidentified as Epidendrum difforme). This orchid, which has been dubbed by some the Florida Jade Orchid because of its clear, somewhat translucent greenish flowers borne in the later summer and early autumn, is encountered only occasionally in the Fakahatchee.

      Rounding out the baker’s dozen of orchid species observed were a healthy plant of Encyclia tampensis (the so-called Florida Butterfly Orchid); a fading plant of the scarce Liparis nervosa (which has no good common name); and a reported plant of Habenaria repens (the Water Spiders Orchids).

      Bromeliads are another big component of the epiphytic flora of the Fakahatchee, and eight species were observed on the field trip. Six were commonly encountered species in the genus Tillandsia, the most abundant bromeliad genus in Florida and the namesake of the chapter’s monthly newsletter. These were: T. balbisiana, T. fasciculata, T. setacea, T. usneoides, T. utriculata and T. variabilis.

      The two other bromeliads seen are rare in Florida. Guzmania monostachia, although widespread and relatively plentiful in the Fakahatchee, is very scarce elsewhere in the state. The rarest bromeliad seen was Catopsis nutans (the tiny Nodding Catopsis), which is found in the United States only in the Fakahatchee.

      Field trip participants got to see seven epiphytic fern species, including the common Golden Serpent Fern (Phlebodium aureum), Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides) and Shoestring Fern (Vittaria lineata). All three of the state’s Strap Fern species were seen by at least some members of the group. Everyone saw the common one, Campyloneurum phyllitidis, but more exciting discoveries were the rare Campyloneurum costatum (the Tailed Strap Fern) and the even rarer Campyloneurum angustifolium (the Narrow Strap Fern). The other rare fern seen was a real find, a healthy plant of Asplenium serratum (the Florida Bird Nest Fern).

      Two other epiphytes showed up in the slough. The frequently encountered Peperomia obtusifolia was observed, and some members of the group got to see small plants of the less common reddish Peperomia humilis.

      Chapter members who missed this field trip to the Fakahatchee missed a real treat.

Below: Prosthechea cochleata var. triandra, Clamshell Orchid

drawing of Prosthechea cochleata


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BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM DCFNPS

The book reviewed below is available from DCFNPS for $14 -- a true bargain!  There are many copies of this title available, so you can even buy enough for a whole class of students.

It is one of numerous titles donated by Mark Bolla (see the March Tillandsia).  If you are interested in a complete list of the additional books now available, please email Susan Walcutt at walcutts@bellsouth.net

Significant discounts apply to all these books -- don’t miss out on some great deals!

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BOOK REVIEW

The Biology of Trees Native to Florida
2nd edition, 2001
P.B. Tomlinson

by Martin Roessler

The first portion of this book provides information on the origin and distribution of the flora of extreme south Florida and the distribution of major plant communities with description of the physical attributes of the land and climate that control limit these communities. The introductory section also contains a comprehensive analysis of growth types and floral types of Florida trees.

The main portion of the book consists of species accounts of most of the native tree species found in the tropical parts of Florida. The second edition includes the palms (Arecaceae) which were not treated in the earlier printings. The revision includes corrections and additions based on scientific literature up to 2001. More recent taxonomic treatments can be found in the Flora of North America series and in Wunderland and Hansen’s 2003 Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida.

The species accounts are assembled by family and the families are arranged alphabetically in the book.  For each family there is a general description of the distinguishing features followed by a taxonomic key to the genera within the family. The characteristics of each genus are presented followed by a key to the species within each genus. For each species, an excellent description including range and habitat information a detailed section on growth and flowering and fruiting is presented. At least one species of each genus is illustrated by Pricilla Fawcett. Ms. Fawcett’s botanical illustrations provide detailed illustrations of characters used in identification as well as vegetation, flowers and fruits.  Neither the photographs of Scurlock’s Native Trees & Shrubs of the Florida Keys or Hammer’s Florida Keys Wildflowers and Everglades Wildflowers provide the detail or breathe of coverage as the illustrations in Tomlinson’s book.

The third portion of the book consists of a checklist, apparently unchanged from earlier printings, an artificial key to families or genera and indices to scientific and to common names of the plants treated in the book. Unfortunately the glossary found in earlier editions is missing and the key does not appear to be corrected. Even with the disclaimer at the end of the key, it would have been useful to correct couplet 30B to lead to couplet 48 and to have couplet 65B lead to couplet 71.

The strength of Tomlinson’s book is in his extensive research on growth and reproduction in native trees and the excellent accounts coupled with Pricilla Fawcett’s excellent illustrations. The book is still an excellent reference and a must read for those interested in Florida and Bahamian trees.

Editor's note: The first edition of this book has been a favorite of mine forever.  I grab it when I want to know if a species is dioecious and how to tell the sexes apart before they fruit, at what stage seed should be collected to propagate, and lots of interesting and useful information -- it's not just for botanists!

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ONLINE RESOURCES

Are you confused about your Boston ferns?  Do you have the non-native Tuberous sword fern or the native in your yard?  It's probably the non-native, since that has been widely distributed for many years, but here is how you can find out.   Detailed information on identification of these ferns is in:

"Natural Area Weeds: Distinguishing Native and Non-Native 'Boston Ferns' and 'Sword Ferns' (Nephrolepis spp.)" by K. A. Langeland.  (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag120)

Useful South Florida native plant articles from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

At www.fairchildgarden.org, click on Center for Tropical Plant Conservation - Virtual Herbarium - Tropical Regions - South Florida (Semi-Tropical).

 You will see a list of resources:

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KEY CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS:

President: Robert Harris, 954-651-4176, xkensington6x@yahoo.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. (dadefnpsweb@gmail.com)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dade-Chapter-of-the-Florida-Native-Plant-Society/110373246810

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 editors: Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com)

Dade Chapter Board members:

President: Robert Harris  Vice-President: Ted Shaffer
Secretary: TBA Treasurer: Susan Walcutt
At Large: Amida Frey, Patty Harris, Jose Luciani, Gita Ramsay, Vivian Waddell
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, alternating between Key Largo and Marathon.

2010 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, 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.

© 1999-2010 Dade Chapter Florida Native Plant Society, Inc.

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