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Chuck McCartney captures native plants and wildflowers with his new digital camera. Above is Ipomoea pes-caprae, a large bright morning glory that can thrive in tough dry, sandy, salty conditions. Railroad Vine sends its characteristic "tracks" across beach sands and abandoned roadways.

Scroll down to read Mr. McCartney's review of Roger Hammer's
Second Edition of Everglades Wildflowers.

BROWARD CHAPTER of the
Florida Native Plant Society

Promoting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Broward County
 
Membership $35

ONLINE RESOURCES

Broward Chapter (Coontie) & Event Calendar
Chapter Email
Plant List (Inst. for Regional Conservation)
Flower Dude Does Digital: A Wildflower Bouquet
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 7 pm
Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 Florida (W. State Rd.) 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312
 
After decades of film photography, and wide publication of his native plant and orchid photographs, McCartney makes the switch to digital. For us he recounts this journey to digital photography with a wildflower slideshow, a bouquet, and his alway-illuminating plant commentary. Mr. McCartney, for those who do not already know him, has a wealth of information about native species with a treasure of details and history. This is a special opportunity to learn a great deal and totally enjoy the experience.
 
 
THE BEST NATIVE PLANT SALE OF THE YEAR!
SATURDAY, April 11, 9 am
Secret Woods Nature Center
, 2701 Florida (W. State Rd.) 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312
 
We've outdone ourselves this year to bring you more species and more beautiful, healthy native plants than every before. Whether you are just looking to try one plant for a pot or you what to develop or enhance a native garden, this is your best opportunity to find the right plants. In addition to the Broward Chapter and Friends of the Secret Woods, several south Florida native nurseries will have plants for sale. Many vendors and native plant enthusiasts will be on hand to answer questions. Come learn what to plant and how to solve any problems you may have had developing your native garden. Tip: Showing up early affords the best selection, but we have so many plants this year, that even those who come late (noon) are sure to find wonderful plants and perhaps some markdown prices before closing at 1 pm.
 
Clarington Island via 5-minute Boat Trip
SUNDAY, April 12, 10 am
Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 
2990 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami 33133
 
 
Clarington Island, is a spoil island in Biscayne Bay, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This trip is for FNPS members and their friends, so if you need an excuse to support native plant conservation in South Florida all year long, this is your opportunity. Join online: http://fnps.org/forms/membershipform (Student $15, Individual $35, Family $50 and includes membership to the Florida Native Plant Society statewide, its quarterly journal Palmetto, and Broward Chapter membership if you so indicate. You may also join at the dock.)
 
This island, just offshore from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, is vegetated with native plants (and, of course, some exotics).  Members of the sailing club have taken an interest in it, and Susan Walcutt (CGSC and DCFNPS member) has arranged for the club to host the Dade and Broward FNPS chapters.
 
On our visit, FNPS members will help with plant ID and suggestions for signs.  You will access the island by a quick boat ride (as many trips will be made as needed to get everyone there).  Bring lunch to enjoy in a 2-story chickee on the island after exploring. Everyone should plan on staying until after lunch – unless you plan to swim back!

Meet: Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 2990 S. Bayshore Dr., Miami 33133 (next to Peacock Park – walk from Bayshore toward the bay).  There is no parking inside the club.  Use metered street parking just outside the club entrance or the public garage next to the Sonesta Hotel ($5/day with a stamp from CGSC on your ticket).
Map: Google “Coconut Grove Sailing Club” to see a map with the club and island.
Bring/wear: Sun protection, water, lunch. In case of a few bugs, you might bring repellent.
Difficulty: Easy
Questions: Call Susan Walcutt 305-297-7757


Pinecrest Garden's Annual Earth Day Festival
SUNDAY, April 19, 11 am - 4 pm

This free event features wildlife and plant presentations and exhibits, green and eco-friendly workshops presented by the CLEO Institute, vendors, entertainment, garden tours, food, farmers market and more. See http://www.pinecrest-fl.gov/index.aspx?page=324 for more info and locations of overflow parking (with a shuttle).


FNPS 35th Annual Conference in Tallahassee
“Born to Burn”
Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31


Field trips and workshops are Thursday and Sunday, with speakers and workshops on Friday and Saturday. Evening social events will be at the Capital Building, Wakulla Springs State Park and Tall Timbers Research Station. Tip: Signing up early may allow you to join the field trips of most interest to you as they often fill up. http://fnps.org/conference

A Wonderful Native Not So Well Known

A Rarely Seen Cultivated Native Plant Offers Stature and Grace

With 1,500 native species in South Florida it is not surprising that there are hundreds of cultivated species we rarely see at native nurseries or read about in the native gardening literature. Here is one of those. Perhaps your enthusiasm for Wild Bamboo will generate sharing it among enthusiasts until it is available in native nurseries.
  • Lasiacis divaricata, commonly known as Smallcane, Florida Tibisee, or Wild Bamboo, is one of the many Poaceae grasses resembling the Witch Grasses, but taller. Woody and upright "Wild Bamboo" is in the Subfamily, Panicoideae, while "real" bamboo is in the Subfamily, Bambusoideae. It enjoys partial shade, grows from 3 to 6 feet, and prefers moist, sandy soils. These characteristics could make it a garden favorite in semi-shady areas where its stature and regular bamboo-like leaves provide a handsome backdrop for smaller, colorful plants like red Salvia coccinea, Tropical Sage, or violet Salvia lyrata, Lyre-Leafed Sage. These easy-to-grow Salvias enjoy similar light and moisture. The Institute for Regional Conservations lists Lasiacis divaricata as possibly never present or extirpated in Broward County, however, Pat Howell discovered it in Broward and documented it with the USF Herbarium in 2014.

Everglades Wildflowers
by Roger Hammer

 

Review by Chuck McCartney

Everglades Wildflowers
Paperback, 245 pages. FalconGuides (2014)
$24.95 ISBN No. 978-0-7627-8753-1


Since it was published in 2002, Roger Hammer’s Everglades Wildflowers has been the gold standard for photographic wildflower guides for the southern half of Florida. Now comes his latest version of the guide, and if the first one was the gold standard, this one sets the platinum standard for such books for wildflower enthusiasts.
Although the book is billed as the “Second Edition,” that is somewhat of a misnomer. This is an entirely new book. It covers 364 species, compared to 306 in the first version, and it contains approximately 100 species not included in the 2002 volume. To accomplish this, Roger says he omitted most of the woody species from 2002, as well as deleting a few weedy ruderal species. To make even more room for the new species, he says he also shortened the introduction (which now contains just 10 habitat shots).
Even more amazing, except for three shots taken from slides that were used in the 2002 book, Roger reshot or shot for the first time all the other species in gorgeous, nicely detailed digital images. And he says he did all this in only six months by driving several thousand miles around the state.
And wait till you see the stunning photo chosen for the cover of the new volume. It focuses on a String Lily (Crinum americanum) in a prairie full of Yellowtops (Flaveria linearis) with a cypress dome in the background.
Although “Everglades” is part of the title, like its predecessor, this guide is equally useful in such South Florida natural areas as the Big Cypress, the Fakahatchee Strand, and Corkscrew Swamp.
The new book follows the same format as the previous volume. After the shortened introduction (which includes helpful line drawings by DD Dowden illustrating leaf types, flower parts, arrangement of inflorescences, etc.), the flowers are presented in color groupings (blue and purple, pink, red and orange, brown and green, and white), then are arranged alphabetically by botanical family, then genus, then species name within each color grouping.
Besides the currently accepted botanical name, the discussion of individual species starts with a generally familiar common name, the wildflower’s plant family, and any well-known synonymous botanical name. The discussion that follows includes a description of the plant and flowers, the species’ bloom season, its habitat and range, and additional comments about the flower, a welcomed explanation of the derivation of the botanical name, taxonomic tidbits, and where appropriate, mention of some of the medicinal or folk usages for the plant.
The end of the book contains a glossary, a list of places to see native wildflowers and of nature-oriented organizations, a brief bibliography, a readable index (with a type size sufficient even for those of us with presbyopia), and a short biography of the author (including a photo of him standing knee-deep in swamp water during his photographic quest). As a useful bonus, the back cover includes a handy printed ruler calibrated in inches and millimeters/centimeters.
Because of his intense interest in our native and naturalized orchids, Roger expanded his coverage of that family. If there’s one tiny drawback to the book, it’s that some of these added species are considered extirpated in the state or are so rare that no one has seen them in decades, and his photos of them are from cultivated non-native sources, including Brassia caudata, Bulbophyllum pachyrachis, Lepanthopsis melanantha, Trichocentrum carthagenense and Vanilla dilloniana. Of course, the argument could be made that the inclusion of such photos gives wildflower explorers a “search image,” should they ever encounter these “lost” species in the state. Also, some other species thought to have been lost have been rediscovered, including Cyclopogon elatus, Pelexia adnata and Cranichis muscosa.
Another minor flaw is that the naturalized non-native species are not easily discerned. The reader must find this out at the end of the “Habitat/Range” discussion. Other such wildflower guides often flag these exotic species in some way early on to make this non-native status immediately recognizable to the reader, perhaps with an asterisk or some other symbol.
Speaker events are on 2nd Wednesdays at 7 pm at the Secret Woods.
Field Trips are usually on a following weekend but they vary,
so always check the Calendar and check again for last minute trip updates.
Visit Coontie.org for a wealth of information about local plants.
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