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Newsletter - January 2011

January Meeting, Miami-Dade
Upcoming Field Trip
Chapter News
Annual Bolla / Gann Native Plant/Nature Lovers Holiday Party
From the President
Other News of Interest
Pinecrest Gardens, Our New Home
Native Plant Name Notes: Tillandsia
Land Management Reviews: Keys and Miami-Dade members support the partnership
Field Trip Report: Yamato Scrub Natural Area, Boca Raton
Contacts for DCFNPS

CHAPTER ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

Jan. 8: Bolla/Gann Native Plant Holiday party (RSVP)
Jan. 22: Field trip to Curry Hammock (Marathon)
Jan. 25: Monthly meeting at Pinecrest Gardens

Feb. 5: Chapter workday, Everglades National Park
Feb. 22: Monthly meeting at Pinecrest Gardens
Feb. 27: Field trip (west end of Loop Road, Big Cypress)

Mar. 12: Native Plant Day in North Miami - save the date!

May 19-22: 31st Annual FNPS Conference, Maitland

JANUARY MEETING, MIAMI-DADE

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 7:30 pm, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave (Red Road), Pinecrest, FL 33156.

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. 

Please label your raffle donations with the plant name (and yours!) and help wipe out "mystery plants."  Even the experts can be hard-pressed to distinguish among related small plants.

New meeting location: Pinecrest Gardens!

"Creating an Ecologically & Sociologically Sustainable Yard, Making Your Yard The Best It Can Be" - Steve Woodmansee, Pro Native Consulting 

Steve will discuss a holistic approach to landscaping, maximizing success without hindering our local environment, while at the same time incorporating a design that is inviting to your neighbors.  He will talk about creating zones in the yard incorporating natives using a restoration approach, food production, landscape features, lawns, and home and social design.  Your yard could be the envy of the entire neighborhood!

Steven W. Woodmansee is owner and biologist of Pro Native Consulting.  He is primarily an environmental consultant where he conducts vegetation monitoring in the Everglades and Floristic and Rare Plant Research for local governments, but is also a nursery broker, bringing new and interesting native plants (especially wildflowers) into the trade.  He also sells plants at shows and to select customers.  Former President of the Dade Chapter FNPS and Senior Biologist at The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC), Steve is now VP for Finance for FNPS, Research Associate with the IRC, Chair of the Dade Native Plant Workshop, Adjunct Faculty at Miami Dade College, and Botanical Expert for Art at St. Johns in Miami Beach.  He resides in peaceful mid-Kendall, where one can often find him relaxing in a yard full of wildlife and unusual plants.

Upcoming meetings:    

  • February 22: "Hybrids in Paradise: Lantana cultivars and rare Lantana depressa varieties."  Dr. Joyce Maschinski, FTBG.  Learn about the impact of cultivated lantanas on wild rare natives. 
  • March 22: "Splish-splash: A Look at South Florida's Aquatic and Wetland Plants" by Chuck McCartney.
  • April 26: Dr. Tom Lodge will discuss the newly released 3rd edition of his book The Everglades Handbook- Understanding the Ecosystem

UPCOMING FIELD TRIP

If the weather is very bad, please 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 Phares (305-255-6404).

Saturday, January 22, 2011: Curry Hammock State Park,  Marathon.

Time, address and directions are in the print newsletter mailed to members.  Please join to enjoy all the activities of the chapter!                                       

  • Difficulty: Easy-moderate, on smooth dirt paths.  A paved walking trail also parallels the highway.
  • Bring/wear: Wear sturdy closed shoes (and long pants/sleeves if you want to venture off-trail. Carry water and snacks.  Bring lunch if you care to picnic with the group.
  • Leader: Marty Roessler

Lost?  Try Patty's cell (305-878-5705, only use that morning).

Note: The main entrance to Curry Hammock State Park is at 56200 Overseas Highway (US 1), Marathon, MM 56.2 ocean side.  The entrance fee here is $5 per car or $4 for one person.  See http://www.floridastateparks.org/curryhammock/default.cfm for more info, pet policy, etc.

This 970-acre park was acquired in 1991.  We will emphasize the rockland hammock via a new 1.4 mile trail. We may also visit the coastal rock barren, the tidal marsh and the recently constructed coastal dune project.  The hammock contains many of the Keys trees and palms and also solution holes.  Curry Hammock contains a population of false boxwood (Gyminda latifolia), an endangered species found in only a few locations in the lower Keys.  The hammock provides important food and refuge for a host of birds, snakes, spiders, butterflies and land crabs.  You may wish to have your binoculars along!

NATIVE PLANT DAY
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Save the date!

The Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park
1725 NE 135th Street North Miami, FL 33161
FREE!
Co-sponsored by
The Dade Chapter FNPS and the City of North Miami.
A Dade Heritage Days event.

Programs, Activities, Nature walks, Plant sales, Book sales, Displays, Raffles, Children’s activities, and more!
A schedule will be available in February.

Please start thinking about (and potting up) plants that can be donated to the Chapter plant sale and the Raffle table.  Also, if you are cleaning out your shed, please consider setting aside some nicer gardening related items that would benefit our Raffle table. (Question about whether your item might be appropriate? Contact Amy at aleonar74@yahoo.com or 305-458-0969).

If you are able to donate a bit of time, we can always use help the day before the event for set-up, and in the weeks leading up to the event with a variety of tasks.  Able to help?  Please let Amy know using the contact information above.  We’ll be scheduling volunteers for the day of the event starting next month.

CHAPTER NEWS

Photos of native plant landscapes are needed for the display board at chapter plant sales (before Native Plant Day, if possible).  Do you have photos available for possible inclusion, or know of a photogenic yard?  Contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com).

Keys Branch News.  At the present time there are no activities scheduled for the 2010-2011 season.   If you would like to help get the Keys Branch going again, please contact Ted Shaffer, the Chapter President, at tedshaffer@bellsouth.net.  In the meantime, come to the January field trip!

Membership news:  Welcome to new members Juanita Bayard, James Jiler, Trish Swinney, Douglas Thompson, Peter Tome (from Miami-Dade).  Farewell to Ivan and Sandra Felton and Bea Weaver, who recently moved away.  We will greatly miss their friendship and support of the chapter and native plants.

The 6th Annual Holiday Potluck Picnic in December was a hit, with a sizeable crowd of members from four organizations attending, many who had never been to Simpson Park before.  Many thanks to City of Miami Parks biologist Juan Fernandez and his staff for their help and gracious welcome!

Chapter workday at Everglades National Park, February 5, 9 am-noon.  Help with our native plant habitat landscaping maintenance around the Coe Visitors Center.  Drinks, gloves and hand tools are provided, but you may want to bring your own, and snacks to share.  Bring sun protection!  New helpers are welcome and encouraged to come.  Everyone in your car gets into ENP free after the workday.  For more information contact Patty Phares (305-255-6404, pphares@mindspring.com). December's weather was not conducive to the burn planned for our pineland planting area, but we're crossing our fingers that some rain will come in January and the winds will die down.

ANNUAL BOLLA / GANN NATIVE PLANT/NATURE LOVERS HOLIDAY PARTY

The Annual Bolla / Gann
Native Plant/Nature Lovers Holiday Party
January 8, 2011 - 5 PM to 10 PM
Home of Don and Joyce Gann in the Redlands on SW 154th Ave

All DCFNPS members, families & friends are invited!

Soup, salad, iced tea and coffee will be provided.
Please bring a dish to share
(or if needed for special preferences or other restrictions).
Bring a flashlight - parking is on an unlit roadside.
RSVP to Mark Bolla (bolla.mark@yahoo.com or 216-721-4080)
or Joyce Gann (786-423-1881) for directions.

FROM THE PRESIDENT

As we usher in the New Year, many of us reflect on our accomplishments of the past year.  As usual our Chapter has been busy. I would like to thank all of our volunteers for the hours spent on behalf of FNPS. Some of the goals in the coming year are to expand our advocacy projects, increase exposure for our chapter, and, where it benefits both, to partner with other organizations.  I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many enthusiastic people who truly care for Florida's native plants and I look forward to an exciting New Year.

The chapter was busy in 2010 with numerous activities:

  • Selection of two projects for the George Avery Award at the South Florida Regional Science Fair in January;
  • The Chapter's 15th Native Plant Day, which was held at Bill Sadowski Park in March;
  • Spring Sale at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in April;
  • Display at Butterfly Days at Fairchild in September;
  • Display and plant sale at Fairchild's Ramble in November;
  • Representation on behalf of DCFNPS in State Land Management reviews by three members in November;
  • Table at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park 50th Anniversary in December.
  • 6th Annual Holiday Picnic (four-organizations) in December;
  • Monthly meetings in Miami-Dade, including July's annual Summer Evening Yard Visit;
  • Monthly field trips to destinations all over South Florida, some with Miami Blue Chapter of NABA for Florida Natural Areas Inventory surveys of butterflies;
  • Monthly newsletter;
  • Yard visits and a special "green home" tour;
  • Winter season 2010 meetings and trips by the Keys Branch;
  • Bimonthly workdays for the Chapter's landscaping/restoration project in Everglades National Park.

Ted Shaffer  - President Dade Chapter FNPS

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Dade Native Plant Workshop.  MDC Kendall campus Landscape Technology Center.  3rd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact Steve, smwood@bellsouth.net.  786-488-3101; see http://nativeplantworkshop.ning.com.  Bring at least three flowering/fruiting plants, even if they do not pertain to the topic.  Beginners and old hands welcome!  Jan. 18: Native lawn weeds. 

Broward Native Plant Society.  Meets 7-9pm at the Agricultural Extension Service, 3245 College Ave., Davie.  954-370-3725 or www.npsbroward.org Jan. 12: Stuart Krantz will speak and also lead a field trip to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Jan. 15.

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. To receive a free monthly e-mail TAS newsletter with up to the minute information on activities and conservation news, send your request to tropicalaudubon@gmail.com.

  • Jan. 12: Meeting.  Doors open 7:30, program at 8pm. See the website for speaker and topic
  • Jan. 15: Workday to restore native habitat, 8:30 am-1 pm.

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

  • Feb. 6:  Quarterly meeting. Dennis Olle, VP for Conservation: "Update on the Miami Blue: Where Has It Gone and Will It Be Back?"  Come early to butterfly at Castellow Hammock , 22301 SW 162 Ave.

See Miami Blue's "Wings of Wonder" butterfly photo exhibit through February 26 at the new Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center and Oasis Visitor Center, 9 to 4:30 daily. Free admission.  Details and directions: 239-695-1201.

Miami-Dade Parks Natural Areas workdays.  To volunteer, call 305-257-0933 ext. 227 or e-mail eel@miamidade.gov.  See www.miamidade.gov/derm/endangered_lands.asp.  Help protect and restore our precious natural areas! 

  • Jan. 15: Arch Creek Preserve (trail maintenance) at 1855 NE 135 St.
  • Jan. 21 (Friday!): Larry and Penny Thompson Pineland Preserve (clean-up and hike) at SW 179 Ter. and SW 122 Ave.

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park 20th Annual Lecture Series.  The Delicate Balance of Nature. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, MM 102.5, Key Largo. Gate opens 7pm. Free, seating limited. Bring a cushion for added comfort. For info call 305-451-9570. For the complete schedule and program details, see http://www.floridastateparks.org/keylargohammock/events.cfm?viewevent=6299#6299

  • Jan. 12: Everyday Practices for Sustainable Living in the Keys - Carol Ellis.
  • Jan. 19: Spawn-taneous Coral - Lauri MacLaughlin
  • Jan. 26: Birds of the Florida Keys - James Duquesnel
  • Feb. 2: Water Conservation and Rain Barrel Technology - Kim Gabel
  • Feb. 9: Mangroves: What are they? What are they good for? And what threatens them? - Dr. Martin Roessler.

Biscayne National Park art exhibit through February 2011.  "Conversations with the Light" by Joel McEachern - this show ‘whispers’ the Florida landscape.  9700 SW 328 St, Homestead, Florida 33033.  Call 305-230-1144 x007 or click on the calendar at http://www.nps.gov/bisc/planyourvisit/events.htm

PINECREST GARDENS, OUR NEW HOME

Pinecrest Gardens is the new face of the old Parrot Jungle site in Pinecrest.  It has been under continuous renovation since its purchase in 2002.  The site is 74 years old, but in some ways is seeing its second life of just 8 years.  The widely diverse ecotypes range from lowland rainforest to Caribbean desert rockland.  The anchor ecologies center around a mixed hardwood hammock and a Cypress Slough.

One of the premier new landscape activities is to replenish a population of native Tillandsia species on the old-growth Bald Cypress Trees.  With some donated plants from local homes, we are mounting these plants on key Cypress trees to re-create a Big Cypress Park feel.  We have also replanted over 130 native trees and palms with funding from the Florida Department of Forestry.  Native plant species are an integral part of the Gardens’ identity, as are the exotic plants which complemented the exotic birds.

Pinecrest Gardens is a rich blend of both native and exotic plants, each adding its own character to the Garden persona.  Our interest is to maintain the historic integrity of the Gardens, paying respect to the look and diversity of Parrot Jungle while using modern techniques.  Our vision is to foster a garden of great diversity, not only of plants, but of ecotypes, focusing on rainforest, epiphyte and xeriphyte ecologies.         

Craig Morell, Horticulturist

Alana Perez, Pinecrest Gardens Director
A native Chicagoan, Alana worked in many marketing, sales and advertising positions in the US and Romania before coming to Miami as Marketing Director at Florida Grand Opera.  She served as International Marketing Consultant for Musicians Without Borders in preparation for the non-profit’s US launch before coming to Pinecrest Gardens.  Alana lives in Coral Gables with her husband Joe and their Standard Poodle named Spike.

Craig Morell, Pinecrest Gardens Horticulturist
Craig started growing plants around age 10. By 16 he was growing more orchids than fit the window sills of his parents’ Milwaukee home, and by 20 had built a solarium on the porch. Losing what small fragment of sanity he had, he decided to pursue horticulture as a career, obtaining a B.S. degree in Horticulture from UF in 1988. He interned at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, an internship from which the staff may still be recovering… He worked for the FL Department of Agriculture in Miami as a nursery inspector, then for a nursery, an orchid company and Boca Raton Resort before coming to Pinecrest Gardens in 2004.  Moving his personal plant collection of 1800 plants, which has been donated to the Gardens, took 17 trips. Craig's spare time is spent visiting other gardens and gardeners, garden centers, public gardens, reading garden and botanical magazines and watching garden shows. He lives in a "petite" apartment with a foster cat named Velcro a few miles from work, and is occasionally seen in public appearing as a normal person.

NATIVE PLANT NAME NOTES
Tillandsia

by Chuck McCartney

The namesake for the newsletter of the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is Tillandsia, the most common bromeliad genus found in Florida. The most common – and probably best-known – of the showy Tillandsia species here is Tillandsia fasciculata, the so-called Cardinal-Flowered Air Plant or Cardinal-Flowered Wild Pine. Three named varieties featuring minor anatomical differences have been recorded in the state, the most common being var. densispica. The species grows throughout South Florida and as far north as Volusia County on the East Coast and Pasco County on the Gulf side of the peninsula. A single online source reports it growing as far north as Georgia. The species also grows in Central America, the West Indies and northern South America.

The common names refer to the inflorescence, or flower stalk, which in most forms is cardinal red from a distance. But the red parts aren’t flowers at all but are bracts that protect the developing three-petaled tubular lavender flowers and probably also serve as a long-distance attractant for pollinators. Besides the red-bracted forms, some feature bicolored red and yellow bracts, and occasionally green-bracted forms are seen. The latter forms have white flowers.

Tillandsia fasciculata var. densispica
Tillandsia fasciculata var. densispica
[Photo by George D. Gann,
Natives for Your Neighborhood,
The Institute for Regional
Conservation, Miami.
www.RegionalConservation.org]

The "air plant" part of one of the common names indicates that these are epiphytes, growing on a range of tree species. The "wild pine" epithet refers to the fact that these plants resemble one of the best-known members of the bromeliad family, the pineapple (Ananas comosus).

The genus name Tillandsia was created by pioneering Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753, based on the large species Tillandsia utriculata, which is also native to Florida. The genus honors Elias Tillands (1640-1693), a Swedish physician and botanist who served as a professor at Abo, Finland, and catalogued the plants of that area in 1673. There is an oft-told tale about Tillands that probably has nothing to do with the naming of his eponymous plant genus but is still an amusing anecdote. As Dr. Daniel F. Austin tells it in his Florida Ethnobotany: "Tillands was so frightened of water that he would walk several miles around a lake rather than take a boat a few hundred feet across [it]." The genus Tillandsia, numbering 664 species, according to Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, extends from coastal Virginia and the southeastern United States all the way to northern Argentina and Chile. Of Florida’s 16 species of native bromeliads, tillandsias account for 12 of them. In addition, there are two named Tillandsia natural hybrids in the state.

Tillandsia fasciculata was named and described by Swedish botanist Olof Swartz in 1788. Swartz was a student of Carl Linnaeus’ son, also named Carl, at the University of Uppsala. Swartz’s species epithet for this bromeliad is from the Latin word fasciculus, meaning a "little bundle," most probably referring to the plant’s bundled basal rosette of leaves. The Latin root word for "bundle" is fascis, which, unfortunately, is also the source of the word "fascism."

Despite its widespread distribution in Florida, Tillandsia fasciculata is classified as endangered by the state because it, like the larger Tillandsia utriculata and one or two other smaller native species, is being severely damaged by the invasive Mexican beetle Metamasius callizona.

The family Bromeliaceae, consisting of more than 3,400 species, is almost exclusively a New World group of plants, with a single species (Pitcairnia feliciana) growing in the West African country of Guinea. The family is based on the genus Bromelia created by Linnaeus in 1753 in Species Plantarum and named for Olaus Olai Bromelius (the Latinized name of Olof Ole Bromell, 1639-1705), a Swedish physician who, like other members of his profession at that time, studied botany as part of his formal training, according to Harry E. Luther and David H. Benzing in Native Bromeliads of Florida.

Chuck McCartney is a member of FNPS and a wildflower and orchid enthusiast.  He resides in Hollywood.

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LAND MANAGEMENT REVIEWS: Keys and Miami-Dade members support the partnership

by Martin Roessler

Land owned by the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund and managed by the Forestry Department and the Division of Recreation and Parks in the Department of Environmental Protection are required by statute and rule to have a land management plan.  The Land Management Plan must offer protection to listed species; natural and physical features; hydrological and geological functions; and archaeological features.  In addition the plan must also provide for public access and educational opportunities for the citizens of Florida and its visitors.

At approximately five year intervals, each Plan is reviewed under the direction of the Division of State Lands to determine if the plan adequately addresses the purposes for which the land was acquired and if the actual management practices are in compliance with the Plan. The review team generally consists of government representatives from the State Division of Recreation and Parks, State Division of Lands, the local Department of Environmental Protection, State Forestry Division, Florida Game and Fish Commission and one or more public non-profit conservation organizations. The Florida Native Plant Society Land Management Partners is partici-pating in these reviews for the first time. Representatives from local chapters are encouraged to participate to supply information and comments to the review process.

Three Dade Chapter members represented FNPS in land reviews in the Keys during November, 2010.  I was at the Curry Hammock State Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park reviews; Karen Sunderland Strobel (from Tavernier) at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park (in addition to observing at Curry Hammock);  and Beryn Hardy (from Ramrod Key) at the Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Areas.  Anne Cox (from Palm Beach), the FNPS Land Management Partners Chair, covered Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park because no Dade Chapter members were available.

For each review, the reviewer is supplied with the current management plan and additional background information on various aspects of the management plan and implementation such as wildlife protection, exotic plant control, fire management, hydrology, etc. The review itself consists of a day of field inspections of the natural, cultural and recreational amenities of the Park. Areas where management practices have been successful and problem areas are visited and the park manager and the park biologist provide commentary and respond to questions from the reviewers. Finally the team meets to complete a Management Review Checklist Questionnaire. Each item is discussed and the adequacy of the Management Plan and sufficiency of the management practices rated. Items for evaluation include the protection and maintenance of biological resources, the protection and preservation of listed species of plants and animals, plant and animal resource surveys, archeological and historical site surveys and preservation, prescribed burning, restoration, invasive exotic plant animal and pest prevention and control, hydrology and geological function, ground water and surface water quantity and quality monitoring, resource protection, adjacent property concerns, public access and education efforts, infrastructure adequacy, staffing and funding adequacy, and managed area uses. Finally the reviewers are required to determine if:

  1. the land is being managed for the purpose(s) for which it was acquired, and
  2. the actual management practices, including public access is in compliance with the management plan.

Commendations for outstanding achievements and recommendations for improvement are solicited.

At Curry Hammock State Park the natural and historical resources are well managed to protect native plants and animals and to protect listed species. Representative habitats are protected and new acquisitions offer further protection to rockland hammocks and historical features. Exotic plant and animal control and prevention are excellent. The creation of a beach and dune system offers new habitat to these keys. A controlled burn and future fire management plans have restored the "tidal marsh". Problems include hydrological changes, some boundary dumping, and inadequate enforcement of no motor zones in near shore shallow sea grass prairies. The Park Manager, Ken Troisi, the Regional Park Biologist, Janice Duquesnel, the staff and volunteers have developed an adequate plan and have implemented excellent management programs to meet most of the founding objectives within their control.       

At John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park the plan and management procedures for the rockland hammocks and coastal rock barrens in the Key Largo Narrows and Pennekamp Units are good and control of exotic plants and animals is excellent.  There are problems with dumping and illegal fill at boundaries. Most of the North Key Largo Rockland Hammock and other non-marine habitats are within the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park and were not discussed in this review.  Enforcement is hindered by lack of law enforcement personnel and lack of officers dedicated to enforcing the management plan rather than traffic and other law enforcement duties. The plans and management of marine resources is theoretically good but the thousands of residents plus transients and tourists love the resource to death. Long term declines in corals and the cold weather mortalities that occurred last year have left the resource in poor condition. The control of the exotic lionfish is a continuing problem. Restoration of mangroves damaged in boating accidents and seagrass prairies damaged by prop-dredging is succeeding. In summary the plan is excellent and provides for protection, recreational and educational use of the natural resources. The management efforts by the park manager, Pat Wells, park biologist Trudy Ferraro, the staff and volunteers are excellent, but overpopulation, natural conditions beyond the control of local managers and inadequate enforcement and judicial action present problems for the natural resources.

I learned a great deal about the management philosophy, implementation and problems within the State Park system. I enjoyed the experience and especially the treatment by the team leader Keith Singleton and other government members of the land management review team and would recommend other members of the Dade Chapter to volunteer for reviews.

Dr. Martin Roessler is an environmental consultant (MAR Associates), a founding member of DCFNPS, the second chapter president, frequent field trip leader and contributor to Tillandsia.

From Anne Cox: 

The land review was an excellent chance to get "behind the scenes" and to learn about the amount of native habitat restoration that is being conducted at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.  There is also an incredible amount of volunteer activities that are helping with management to maintain the Tropical Communities. All the Florida Keys Public Lands (State and Federal) are so different from other parts of Florida, with the tropical hammocks, Coastal rock barrens, tidal swamps and so much interface with the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf.   The threats – feral cats – and careless people who do not understand the native habitats (trash dumping, carelessness, etc.) are interesting issues too. This review gave me a different perspective on the state lands. The KLHBSP and others in the keys are so fragile. It is important that people of Florida visit their lands, but on the other hand, most do not realize how precarious the land is to overuse or to dis-use. 

FIELD TRIP REPORT: Yamato Scrub Natural Area, Boca Raton

by Tom Gire

On November 20, 2010, members of the Dade and Palm Beach Chapters of FNPS were lead by Lee Lietzke through the Yamato scrub Natural Area, a 217-acre preserve that protects Florida scrub habitat as well as scrubby flatwoods, oak-palm hammock, and a restored basin marsh. Lee, an Environmental Analyst with the Palm Beach County Department of  Environmental Resource Management, provided a wealth of information on the rehabilitation and management of this site since its acquisition in 1997, and on its plant communities. We observed about 85 plant species, not all of which were in flower or fruit during our visit.

Seven of the species we saw were not on the list for the Yamato Scrub that was created by the Institute for Regional Conservation following its May 1998 surveys:

Ardisia elliptica              shoebutton ardisia
Chrysopsis delaneyi        Delaney’s goldenaster
Eleocharis interstincta    knotted spikerush    
Forestiera segregata      
Florida privet
Persea borbonia              red bay
Polygala incarnata          procession flower
Smilax laurifolia              laurel greenbrier
Sagittaria lancifolia         bulltongue arrowhead
Trema micranthum          Florida trema

After our trip, Chuck McCartney discovered that the goldenaster Chrysopsis scabrella had been split into two species in 2003, so I went back and photographed the goldenasters we saw. After studying the photos and consulting references, Chuck, Marty Roessler and I agreed that these goldenasters belong to the newly described species, Delaney’s goldenaster, Chrysopsis delaneyi. An article in Wikipedia describes the species as highly endangered because of the scarcity of its habitat, although it is not yet listed in the Florida Regulated Plant Index.

The plant list, compiled with the generous assistance of Chuck and Marty, is posted here.

Tom Gire is a member of the Palm Beach County Chapter of FNPS.  He and several other members of other chapters are frequent participants on Dade Chapter trips. We appreciate his assistance in arranging for this trip and the report!

CONTACTS FOR DCFNPS:

Chapter Contacts

Dade Chapter Board members:
President: Ted Shaffer, tedshaffer@bellsouth.net
Vice-President: Amy Leonard
Treasurer / Secretary: Susan Walcutt
At Large: Amida Frey, Patty Harris, Gita Ramsay, Vivian Waddell, Lynka Woodbury, Buck Reilly, Lauren McFarland
FNPS board: Lynka Woodbury
Past-President: Robert Harris
Mailing address:

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

General information: 786-340-7914, dadefnps@gmail.com

Refreshment coordinator, Dade meetings: Vivian Waddell, 305-665-5168

Memberships: Patty Harris, 305-262-3763

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

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

Webmasters: Greg Ballinger and Haniel Pulido Jr., dadefnpsweb@gmail.com

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

State Organization

FNPS Chapter representative: Lynka Woodbury, lynk305@gmail.com

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

FNPS Blog: http://www.fnpsblog.org

FNPS Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FNPSfans

FNPS Twitter: http://twitter.com/FNPSonline

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

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